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HEAVY METALS (B) Includes Arsenic, Lead, Mercury

 
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Description
 

CPT Code(s)

82175, 83655, 83825

Includes

Arsenic, Lead, Mercury

Methodology

Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

Limitations

Ingestion of seafood within three days of specimen collection can affect results.

Reference Range(s)

Arsenic, Blood<23 mcg/L
Whole Blood Arsenic level >100 mcg/L is indicative of acute/chronic exposure. Urine is usually the best specimen for the analysis of arsenic in body fluids. Blood levels tend to be low even when urine concentrations are high.

Lead, Blood
0-6 Years<5 mcg/dL
>6 Years<10 mcg/dL
Blood lead levels in the range of 5-9 mcg/dL have been associated with adverse health effects in children aged 6 years and younger. Patient management varies by age and CDC Blood Lead Level range. Refer to the CDC website regarding Lead Publications/Case Management for recommended interventions.

Mercury, Blood≤10 mcg/L

Clinical Significance

Useful in the diagnosis of toxicity due to Arsenic, Lead or Mercury.


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