Nickel Urine Test
Nickel Urine Test
This test measures nickel levels in the urine. Nickel is a metallic element used in industrial settings for a variety of metal manufacturing. Nickel is also used in the production of paint, fabric, pottery, glass, plastic, and a variety of chemicals. While nickel is present in the environment, it is typically found in low levels and the risk of exposure is minimal. Most cases of nickel toxicity come from workplace exposure. Exposure to nickel can cause irritation of the nasal pathways, difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, dry skin, or blisters. These reactions can be more severe if a person suffers from a nickel allergy. Chronic exposure may result in health complications affecting the lungs, heart, or nervous system.
This test is typically ordered when someone is monitoring workplace exposure to nickel. The nickel urine test can be performed on either a single random sample or a 24-hour specimen. 24-hour testing can be more accurate than a single collection since it will measure the average level of nickel being expelled from the body over a longer period. Please state at the time of order if you would like to do a 24-hour collection. A blood nickel test is also available.
Turnaround for this test is typically 2-4 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.
For 24 hour specimens, go to the lab and pick up a specimen container and collection instructions. Void at 8 AM and discard the specimen. Collect all urine including the final specimen voided at the end of the 24-hour collection period (ie, 8 AM the next morning). Avoid contact with metal during collection. Screw the lid on securely and return the specimen container to the lab.