Lead Blood Test


Screening for lead exposure

Lead is a toxic metal that can damage the brain, organs, and nervous system. 

Lead is a soft metal present in the environment that is highly poisonous when absorbed into the body, affecting almost every organ. This test measures the current lead level in the blood.

Blood lead tests may be ordered to screen adults in the workplace when lead contamination is a possibility. Family members also may be screened because lead can be carried home on clothing. This testing conforms to federal and state laws for occupational exposure.

Adults who have jobs in high risk lead environments that involve lead-based paints, ceramics, or gasoline also should be tested.

Pregnant women and mothers who are breastfeeding may be screened if they are at increased risk of lead exposure.

Lead Blood Test


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Reference Range(s)



Birth-6 years <5 mcg/dL
>6 years <5 mcg/dL


Fasting Required: No

Preferred Specimen: Whole Blood

Turnaround time: 72 hours

Test Code: 599