Laboratory: Clinical Biochemistry  (TOXICOLOGY)
Test Name:
LEAD - (B)
Test Code: PB
Clinical Information:
Description:  Testing all patients for elevated lead levels is not recommended. The vast majority of patients will have lead levels below 50 µg/L (5 µg/dL). Blood should be tested based on clinical judgment which takes into account signs and symptoms as well as an individual risk assessment for potential lead exposures. Blood lead levels of 50 µg/L (5 µg/dL), or greater are reportable to Public Health
Collection Devices:
Specimen Required:
Blood: 6.0 mL
Pediatric Blood: 1.5 mL

Specimen Stability:
Ambient: 20 days
Refrigerated: 15 months
Frozen: 15 months
Whole Blood: 6.0 mL

Shipping & Storage: Do not centrifuge as whole blood sample is required. Store and send in original trace element collection tube refrigerated temperature to In-Common Laboratories.
Referred Out Location: In Common Laboratories
Reference Values:
Method of Analysis: ICP-MS
In-Common Laboratories Reference Values
Within 2 Weeks
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