Inorganic arsenic is rapidly eliminated from the blood after exposure. A low blood arsenic concentration cannot exclude clinically significant exposure. All cases of suspected arsenic toxicity should be discussed with the National Poisons Information Service (www.toxbase.org). Collecte blood and urine as soon as possible after exposure.
|Tube||EDTA (Haem) or Trace elements|
|Availability||Weekdays. Contact laboratory if urgent analysis is required.|
|Additional Information||Most elevated blood arsenic results are due to non-toxic arsenobetaine found in a variety of foods particularly fish and seafood. Please give a brief dietary history on the request.|
|Turn Around||7 days|
|Send to||First Class Post to: Specialist Laboratory Medicine
|Collection Con||Collect blood as soon as possible after suspected exposure.|
|Sample REQ||Whole blood. Store at 4C prior to sending.|