Plasma aluminium was traditionally measured in patients on haemodialysis to monitor possible aluminium toxicity. This is now likely to be necessary only in patients receiving aluminium containing medications.
|Tube||Trace metals (preferred) or non-gel lithium heparin|
|Additional Information||Plasma samples are extremely prone to contamination. Aluminium is abundant in the environment and is found in many commonly used cosmetics and personal hygiene products.|
|Turn Around||7 days|
|Send to||First class post to: Specialist Laboratory Medicine, Block 46, St James's University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7TF.|
|Collection Con||Ensure that skin is free from any cosmetics or talc prior to venepunture. If wearing gloves wash the gloves before proceeding with sampling.|
|Sample REQ||Spin and separate sample. Store at 4C prior to sending. Unseparated samples may be sent.|
|Ref. Range Notes||<0.37 umol/L (all individuals with no history of CKD). Risk of toxicity in CKD is low when aluminium concentration is <2.22 umol/L.|