Arsenic, Whole Blood

Sunquest Code:ARS  
Epic Code:LAB3293Epic Name:Arsenic Level
Methodology:Inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometry
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported in 1-3 days.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:7 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Trace Element, EDTA (DE)
Patient Preparation:Diet, medication and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patients should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, nonessential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician) and avoid shellfish and seafood for 48 to 72 hours.
Causes for Rejection:Frozen specimens. Heparinized tubes. Specimens collected in tubes other than Royal Blue (EDTA). Specimens transported in containers other than Royal Blue (EDTA) or Trace Element-Free Transport tube. Heparin anticoagulant. Clotted specimens.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Whole blood. Do not process. Store at room or refrigerated temperature.
Shipping Instructions:Ship whole blood at room or refrigerated temperature in the original container.
Stability:Indefinitely at room temperature or refrigerated temperature. Frozen is unacceptable.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:99045


Critical Range:Greater than or equal to 600 ug/L
Reference Range:0.0 - 12 ug/L
Use:Blood arsenic is for the detection of recent exposure only. Blood arsenic levels in healthy subjects vary considerably with exposure to arsenic in the diet and the environment. A 24-hour urine arsenic is useful for the detection of chronic exposure.

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