Investigation : Lead
Specimen type : Whole Blood
Spec container : EDTA 
Volume required : 4 ml
Reference range : <0.48 µmol/l
Turnaround : <5 days

Guidelines for exposure - (pre-menopausal women & children are at greater risk)
<0.48    normal
0.48 - 1.4indicates exposure
1.4 - 2.9close monitoring
2.9 - 3.4close monitoring and remove from exposure immediately
>3.4immediately remove from source of lead exposure and may require chelation therapy

Click here for HSE Control of lead at work guidelines.

Additional information on lead and its clinical use can be found here: lead.


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