Heavy Metals Panel II, Blood

The Heavy Metals Panel II, Blood panel contains 5 tests with 7 biomarkers.

Brief Description: The Heavy Metals Panel II, Blood is a specialized diagnostic tool designed to measure the levels of specific heavy metals in the bloodstream. This panel is crucial for assessing exposure to toxic metals that can accumulate in the body due to environmental, occupational, dietary, or accidental sources. Given the potential health risks associated with heavy metal toxicity, this panel plays a vital role in identifying excessive metal concentrations, guiding interventions to reduce exposure, and monitoring detoxification treatments.

Collection Method: Blood Draw

Specimen Type: Whole Blood and Serum

Test Preparation: Avoid seefood consumption for 48 hours prior to sample collection.

When and Why the Panel May Be Ordered

Healthcare providers may order the Heavy Metals Panel II, Blood for individuals suspected of heavy metal exposure due to their living conditions, job, lifestyle, or symptoms indicative of metal toxicity. Symptoms can range from acute, such as gastrointestinal distress and acute pain, to chronic, including neurological changes, renal dysfunction, and anemia. It's also ordered as part of a comprehensive health assessment in populations at risk of exposure to these metals.

What the Panel Checks For

The panel evaluates the presence and concentration of several heavy metals in the blood:

  • Aluminum: Primarily used in industrial applications, aluminum exposure can occur through the environment or use of aluminum-containing products. High levels in the body can affect the nervous system and bone health.

  • Arsenic: Exposure to arsenic can come from contaminated water, certain foods, or industrial processes. Arsenic toxicity can lead to skin changes, peripheral neuropathy, and an increased risk of cancer.

  • Cadmium: Found in cigarette smoke and industrial pollutants, cadmium exposure can lead to kidney damage, bone demineralization, and respiratory issues.

  • Lead: Often found in old paint, contaminated soil, and water pipes, lead exposure is particularly harmful to children, affecting cognitive development and causing neurological and behavioral issues.

  • Mercury: Exposure to mercury can occur through consumption of certain fish, dental amalgams, and industrial emissions. Mercury toxicity can impact the nervous system, kidneys, and immune system.

Conditions and Diseases the Panel Can Detect

The Heavy Metals Panel II, Blood can help detect and assess the severity of conditions associated with heavy metal toxicity:

  • Neurological disorders: Chronic exposure to metals like lead and mercury can lead to neurological impairments, including cognitive decline and peripheral neuropathy.

  • Kidney dysfunction: Cadmium and mercury are known nephrotoxins that can cause significant kidney damage, leading to impaired renal function.

  • Anemia: Lead poisoning can interfere with hemoglobin synthesis, resulting in anemia.

  • Bone diseases: Exposure to cadmium and aluminum can lead to bone demineralization and diseases like osteoporosis.

Clinical Applications

Upon identifying elevated heavy metal levels, healthcare professionals might implement chelation therapy, dietary modifications, or other treatments to reduce the body's metal burden. They will also advise on strategies to avoid further exposure and monitor the patient's progress through follow-up testing, ensuring that interventions effectively lower metal levels and mitigate health risks.

The Heavy Metals Panel II, Blood is an essential diagnostic tool for assessing exposure to toxic metals and their impact on health. By providing precise measurements of metal concentrations in the blood, this panel aids in the early detection of metal toxicity, guiding timely and effective treatment strategies to reduce exposure and alleviate associated health conditions.

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

The following is a list of what is included in the item above. Click the test(s) below to view what biomarkers are measured along with an explanation of what the biomarker is measuring.

Aluminum

Also known as: Arsenic Blood

Arsenic, Blood

Also known as: Cadmium Blood

Cadmium, Blood

Also known as: BLL, Blood Lead Level, Blood Lead Test, Lead Blood

Lead(B) Collection Sample

Lead, Blood

LEAD, BLOOD

Also known as: Mercury Blood

Mercury, Blood

*Process times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. The lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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