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.

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Benzene Exposure Urine Test

Phenol


Test Code: 16883
Specimen Type: Urine

Description:

Benzene Exposure Urine Test

This test uses a urine sample to check for exposure to benzene.  Results will measure the level of Phenol, the primary metabolite of benzene.  Benzene is one of the most widely used chemicals in production in the United States.  Products that utilize benzene in their manufacture include oil, gasoline, chemicals, plastics, resins, synthetic fibers, lubricants, adhesives, rubber, dyes, paint, detergents, drugs, and pesticides.  Benzene is also found in cigarette smoke and the emissions from the burning of oil and gas.  The most common way that people are exposed to benzene is in industrial settings.  Higher than normal concentrations of benzene are also commonly found in the air around factories and gas stations.  Runoff and pollution from factories can also cause contamination in the soil and water in surrounding areas. 

Acute benzene toxicity can cause symptoms which include nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, headache, shaking, confusion, or loss of consciousness.  Longer-term exposure can interfere in the normal functioning of various types of cells throughout the body.  Anemia caused by a loss of red blood cells or a weakened immune system from loss of white blood cells has been attributed to benzene exposure.  Other health complications from chronic exposure can include bleeding disorders, leukemia, irregular menstrual periods, and for pregnant women, an increased likelihood of birth defects.

This test is usually ordered when a person who works in or lives near an industrial setting is suspected of suffering from benzene exposure.  Urine testing is typically ordered along with a Benzene Blood Test.

Turnaround for this test is typically 2-5 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.

Requirements:

Specimens for workplace exposure should be collected at the end of a shift.

Due to the time-sensitivity of this test, specimens should only be collected Monday-Thursday.

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