Arsenic is a toxic metal with no known biological function in man. It is used in the production of semiconductor materials for the electronics industry, as a poison in weed and vermin killers and sometimes in the production of paints, wallpapers and ceramics (for yellow colouring). It is also found in water, soil and fish (non-toxic organic arsenic). Inorganic arsenic is a neurotoxic carcinogen with adverse effects on fertility and foetal development. Can be measured reliably in hair, blood and urine, with urine being the preferred test sample for diagnosing toxicity
Patients are advised to avoid fish and seafish consumption for 5-7 days before providing a urine sample for this test as these foods have been shown to temporarily increase urine toxic metal levels.
Included in Profiles:
Urine toxic metals screen
Early morning urine (or 24hr urine aliquot)