Heavy Metals Comprehensive Panel, Urine
This test includes: Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Thallium, Cobalt, Creatinine
Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that can be found in soil, water, air, and some foods. While it is present in the environment in both organic and inorganic forms, inorganic arsenic compounds are generally considered more toxic to humans. Chronic exposure to high levels of arsenic, primarily through contaminated drinking water or certain foods, can have detrimental effects on health. Here are some ways in which arsenic can be harmful to the body: Cancer Risk, Skin Lesions Cardiovascular effects, Neurological effects, Endocrine Disruption, and Developmental and Reproductive effects.
Lead is a toxic metal that can have serious health effects, particularly when individuals are exposed to elevated levels over an extended period. Here are some ways in which lead can be harmful to the body: Neurological effects, behavioral and emotional issues, anemia, kidney damage, reproductive effects, cardiovascular effects, gastrointestinal distress, and bone damage.
Mercury is a heavy metal that exists in various forms, and exposure to it can have harmful effects on the human body. There are three main forms of mercury that people may encounter: elemental mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and organic mercury compounds. Here are some ways in which mercury can be harmful:Neurological effects, cardiovascular effects, kidney damage, gastrointestinal distress, reproductive effects, immunotoxicity.
Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that can have harmful effects on the human body. Here are some of the dangers associated with exposure to cadmium: Inhalation of cadmium fumes, dust, or particles can lead to respiratory issues. Chronic exposure may cause lung damage, leading to conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or lung cancer. Cadmium exposure has been linked to cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. It may contribute to the development of atherosclerosis, a condition characterized by the hardening and narrowing of arteries. Cadmium has a strong affinity for the kidneys, and chronic exposure can lead to kidney damage. It is a known nephrotoxin and can cause renal dysfunction, leading to conditions like Itai-Itai disease, a severe form of cadmium-induced renal osteomalacia. Long-term exposure to cadmium has been associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, including lung cancer and prostate cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies cadmium as a Group 1 human carcinogen.
Cobalt is an essential trace element required for the proper functioning of the human body, particularly as a component of vitamin B12. However, excessive exposure to high levels of cobalt, primarily in certain occupational settings or through other sources, can pose health risks. Here are some potential dangers associated with cobalt exposure:
Respiratory Issues: Inhalation of cobalt dust or fumes in certain industrial processes, such as mining, refining, and hard metal production, can lead to respiratory irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
Cardiotoxicity: Chronic exposure to high levels of airborne cobalt, particularly in industries where cobalt is used extensively, may lead to cardiotoxicity, affecting the heart and cardiovascular system.
Thallium: is a highly toxic metal that poses significant health risks to humans. Exposure to thallium can occur through various sources, including occupational settings, environmental contamination, and intentional poisoning. Here are some of the dangers associated with thallium exposure:
Thallium is known to cause severe poisoning, and even small amounts can be toxic. Acute thallium poisoning can occur through ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact with thallium compounds.
Symptoms of acute thallium poisoning may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and neurological effects such as confusion, seizures, and coma.
Heavy Metals Comprehensive Panel, Urine
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- Arsenic, Cadmium, Cobalt, Lead, Mercury, Thallium, Creatinine
Avoid seafood consumption for 48 hours prior to collection
Fasting Required: No
Turnaround Time: 5 Days
Test Code: 14573
Preferred Specimen: Urine