Heavy Metals Profile I, Blood
Quest Diagnostics Test Code: 7655
Useful in the diagnosis of toxicity due to Arsenic, Lead or Mercury.
A heavy metals panel is a group of tests that is performed on the blood or urine to measure the amount of heavy metals. These metals are metals that are not required for any bodily function or process, and can be harmful to health even in small amounts. The most common combination of heavy metals is lead, mercury and arsenic, but other metals can also be tested for. All these elemental metals are found naturally throughout the environment, but can also be found in paints, pharmaceuticals, soil products and water. This blood test is useful for diagnosing toxicity for any one of these heavy metals.
This test is performed in following conditions such as:
• Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
• Numbness, tingling of hands and feet, weakness
• Kidney and liver damage
• Brain dysfunction, memory loss
• Changes in behavior
• Malformed bones in children, weakened bones
• In pregnant women – miscarriage, premature labor
Ingestion of seafood within three days of specimen collection can affect results.
Estimated Time Taken
Turnaround time for this test is typically 4-6 business days.