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ID:115 Lead
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DescriptionNon-essential element, "heavy metal".
IndicationSuspected lead poisoning and occupational health monitoring of individuals who work with lead. Symptoms of lead poisoning include abdominal pain, fatigue, weakness, anaemia, behavioural disturbances, peripheral neuropathy, encephalopathy.
Additional InfoIf blood lead exceeds 2.4 umol/L in any patient who is not exposed occupationally to lead, the case should be discussed with the National Poisons Information Service. Refer to TOXBASE for general advice regarding the treatment of lead poisoning.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

DepartmentSpecialist Laboratory Medicine
TubeEDTA (Haem)
Tube Picture
Collection ConditionsHeparin tubes can be used but suffer from the formation of microclots which interfere with the analysis
Min. Vol2 mL
Freq.2 x Week

Ref. Range (Male)<0.24
Ref. Range (Female)0.24
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range NotesFor monitoring of occupational exposure please refer to the "Control of lead at work" regulations published by the Health and Safety Executive.
IP Acute TAT7 days
IP Routine TAT7 days
GP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
GP Routine TAT7 days
Turnround CommentNA

Originally edited by : KA. Review due on 04/12/2015 16:21:35. Published By RB on 04/12/2014 16:21:35.