Aluminum Blood 2958

Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
2 mL serum collected in a no additive, trace element (royal blue-top) tube

Minimum Volume

Other Acceptable Specimens
Plasma collected in: EDTA or sodium heparin (royal blue-top) tube

Draw royal blue (EDTA)> Centrifuge promptly and seperate into an acid washed vial.

Transport Container

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 4 days
Refrigerated: 14 days
Frozen: 30 days

Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

FDA Status
This test was developed and its analytical performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes.

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon-Sat p.m.; Report available: Same day

This measure is very sensitive to aluminum containing medications, e.g., aluminum-containing antacids, and may continue to test as elevated for a prolonged period of time after the medication is stopped.

Reference Range
Serum/Plasma <7 mcg/L 
Dialysis Patient <40 mcg/L

Clinical Significance
Individuals undergoing hemodialysis are at risk for aluminum toxicity. Prolonged accumulation may cause anemia, encephalopathy, and vitamin D-resistant osteomalacia. Also, workers exposed to high levels or to long-term low levels of aluminum dust are at increased risk of toxicity.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.