This test measures Cobalt levels in the blood. Cobalt is a naturally occurring element which contributes to good health in the right amount. Overexposure to Cobalt due to ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact can be dangerous to a person's health. Exposure typically occurs in industrial settings which use products containing cobalt. Depending on the type of exposure, Cobalt poisoning can cause symptoms such as coughing, breathing problems, skin irritation, nerve damage and heart problems.
Coblat blood testing is typically ordered when a person believes they have been exposed, especially if they work in environments where cobalt is present. Periodic testing to monitor blood Cobalt levels is recommended for anyone who is at risk of exposure even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
For additional Heavy Metal tests, please see our Heavy Metals Category.
Turnaround time for this test is typically 2-3 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
People testing for industrial exposure should have blood drawn at the end of shift at the end of the work week.
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