Arsenic Poisoning Profile Urine Test
Test Code: 007045
Specimen Type: Urine
Arsenic Poisoning Profile Urine Test (Labcorp)
This test measures levels of Arsenic in the urine. Arsenic is an element which can be toxic to humans. An Arsenic Urine test can be done on either a single random sample or a 24-hour urine sample. This test includes measurements for Total Arsenic, Inorganic Arsenic, Creatinine, and Arsenic:Creatinine Ratio. Arsenic has both organic and inorganic forms. Organic Arsenic can be found in low levels in the environment and some types of food, especially seafood. Inorganic Arsenic is typically used in industrial processes. Inorganic arsenic is usually the more toxic form and much more dangerous to humans.
A person exposed to high levels of arsenic should seek immediate medical attention as arsenic toxicity can be fatal. Symptoms of acute arsenic exposure can include, abdominal pain, nausea, dehydration, dark colored urine, vertigo, heart problems, and shock. Long-term exposure to lower levels of arsenic can cause red or discolored skin, rash, liver and kidney issues, defects of the nervous system, and the development of certain types of cancer.
Urine is the preferred specimen for detecting chronic arsenic exposure. For acute exposure, a Blood Arsenic Test is also available. Please note that arsenic is typically only detectable in the blood for 6 hours to 2 days.
Arsenic testing is also included as part of the Heavy Metals II Profile.
Due to delays at the lab the turnaround time for this test is 7-10 business days.
Where can I find an Arsenic Poisoning Profile test near me?
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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.
Avoid all seafood for 72 hours prior to collection. Seafood consumption two to three days prior to specimen collection can markedly elevate levels of total arsenic in urine. This dietary form of arsenic is nontoxic and is comprised primarily of arsenobetaine and arsenocholine. Inorganic arsenic is used for industrial exposure monitoring.
Sampling time is the end of the workweek for industrial exposure monitoring.
For 24-hour urine specimen: Obtain a specimen container and instructions from the draw site. Void at 8 AM and discard the specimen. Then collect all urine including the final void at the end of the 24-hour collection period (ie, 8 AM the next morning) in the specimen container. Screw the lid on securely and return the container promptly to the draw site.
If this test is being ordered along with any other blood and/or urine medical testing, it is recommended you have the specimen(s) for your other tests collected at the same time you bring the 24-hour urine specimen to the draw site.