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ID:645 Arsenic (urine)
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DescriptionUrine is the preferred specimen type for assessing exposure to arsenic. Total urine arsenic is measured as a first line test. If this is elevated the sample will be referred for speciation analysis to differentiate the type of arsenic in the sample.
IndicationSuspected exposure to arsenic. Monitoring occupational exposure to arsenic.
Additional InfoUrine is the preferred specimen type for assessing exposure to arsenic. Total urine arsenic is measured as a first line test. If this is elevated the sample will be referred for speciation analysis to differentiate the type of arsenic in the sample.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary RequirementsOccupational monitoring: avoid fish for 5 days prior to sample collection.
InterpretationElevated total arsenic is usually due to non-toxic organic arsenobetaine. It is extremely unusual to be exposed to toxic organic arsenic compounds.

DepartmentSpecialist Laboratory Medicine
SampleUrine
TubePlain Universal
Tube Picture
Collection ConditionsNo special conditions.
Min. Vol20mL
Freq.when required

Ref. Range (Male)<130
Ref. Range (Female)<130
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range Notesresults may be given in nmol/L or nmol/mmol creatinine. The reference range is based on inorganic arsenic levels Results are also given as a ratio with creatinine: nmol/mmol creat. Unexposed <40 nmol/mmol,
Unitsnmol/L
IP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
IP Routine TAT7 days
GP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
GP Routine TAT7 days
Turnround CommentNA

Originally edited by : KN. Review due on 11/04/2020 16:15:38. Published By RB on 11/04/2019 16:15:38.