Arsenic Blood Test

Arsenic Blood Test

Quick Overview

Used to monitor recent or acute exposure to arsenic.

Test #269


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Also Known As Arsenic Blood

Patient should avoid seafood and red wine 72 hours prior to collection.

Test Results 4-6 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

The blood test for arsenic checks for heavy metal arsenic exposure. Arsenic is a natural element found in soil and minerals and is also used as pesticides and in compounds for wood preservation. Arsenic from wind-blown dust can get into the air, water, and soil. Runoff could also allow for it to get into water. 

Exposure to arsenic can be from: 

  • breathing sawdust or smoke from burning arsenic-treated wood
  • ingesting small amounts in food, water, or air
  • workplace exposure
  • living in an in a location with high levels of arsenic in rock 

Health problems from arsenic exposure can include: 

  • nerve damage
  • corns and small warts
  • inflammation of the lungs
  • changes in the color of your skin 
  • cancer
  • heart problems 
  • death

Repeated exposure over a long period of time can cause cancer or even death. 

Arsenic may not be detected in blood samples more than two days after exposure.

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