May be useful for the detection of recent (<24 hours after exposure) and/or large dose arsenic exposures. For acute or chronic exposure, Arsenic, Urine with Reflex to Fractionated (0025000) is preferred.
Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry
Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patient should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician) and avoid shellfish and seafood for 48 to 72 hours.
Royal blue (K2EDTA or Na2EDTA).
Transport 7 mL whole blood in the original collection tube. (Min: 0.5 mL)
Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated.
Specimens collected in tubes other than Royal Blue (EDTA). Specimens transported in containers other than Royal Blue (EDTA) tube or Trace Element-Free Transport Tube. Heparin anticoagulant. Clotted specimens.
Trace Elements requisition form may be required (ARUP form #32990).
Ambient: Indefinitely; Refrigerated: Indefinitely; Frozen: Unacceptable
Less than or equal to 12.0 µg/L
Elevated results may be due to skin or collection-related contamination, including the use of a noncertified metal-free collection/transport tube. If contamination concerns exist due to elevated levels of blood arsenic, confirmation with a second specimen collected in a certified metal-free tube is recommended.
Potentially toxic ranges for blood arsenic: Greater than or equal to 600 µg/L.
Blood arsenic is for the detection of recent exposure poisoning only. Blood arsenic levels in healthy subjects vary considerably with exposure to arsenic in the diet and the environment. A 24-hour urine arsenic is useful for the detection of chronic exposure.
This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.
Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
- As (Arsenic, Blood)
- ASB (Arsenic, Blood)