WHAT IS A LEAD EXPOSURE BLOOD TEST?
Lead is a toxic metal that is naturally occurring in the earth’s crust. Lead and lead compounds have been used in manufacturing compounds such as paint, fuel, batteries and cosmetics. Some of the most common sources of lead exposure in the United States come from Lead-based paints found in older homes, drinking water and pottery or crystals used for eating.
Occupational exposure to lead in the workplace can also occur. Here are some top work activities that may put you at risk for exposure:
- Welding (old painted metal)
- Battery manufacturing and recycling
- Lead Soldering
- Indoor Firing ranges
- Bridge, tunnel or highway construction
- Home renovation
Anyone working in these industries may also expose others to lead via carrying lead dust home. Young children and unborn children of pregnant mothers are especially susceptible to secondary exposure. The dust may be ingested or inhaled.
Lead can affect your body neurologically, as well as affecting major organs such as your stomach, liver, kidneys, muscles and the reproductive system. Here are some symptoms of lead exposure:
Reduced sperm count
Chronic exposure to lead can cause cerebral edema, coma and convulsions.
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A LEAD EXPOSURE BLOOD TEST?
*Price may vary by location – contact your local ANY LAB TEST NOW
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
Test results are generally available within five (5) business days after your specimen is collected.
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS:
WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?
Lead <40 µg/dL
High Results May Indicate:
High levels could indicate lead poisoning.
Low Results May Indicate:
There are no low levels for this test.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
If your results are ‘abnormal’ or ‘out of range’ from the normal, please contact your primary care physician.