Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce
interfering substances. Patients should be encouraged to discontinue
nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, non-essential
over‑the‑counter medications (upon the advice of their
|Royal Blue K2 EDTA tube
Adult Minimum: 7.0 mL whole blood from Royal Blue (K2 EDTA) tube
Absolute Minimum: 0.5 mL whole blood from Royal Blue (K2 EDTA) tube
Specimens collected in tubes other than Royal Blue (EDTA). Specimens
transported in containers other than Royal Blue (EDTA) tube or Trace
Element-Free Transport Tube. Heparin anticoagulant. Clotted specimens.
1-3 days upon receipt at reference laboratory
0.0 - 5.0 μg/L
Elevated results may be due to skin or collection-related
contamination, including the use of a noncertified metal-free
collection/transport tube. If contamination concerns exist due to
elevated levels of blood cadmium, confirmation with a second specimen
collected in a certified metal-free tube is recommended.
Blood cadmium levels can be used to monitor acute toxicity and in
combination with cadmium urine and B-2 microglobulin is the preferred
method for monitoring occupational exposure. Symptoms associated with
cadmium toxicity vary based upon route of exposure and may include
tubular proteinuria, fever, headache, dyspnea, chest pain,
conjunctivitis, rhinitis, sore throat and cough. Ingestion of cadmium
in high concentration may cause vomiting, diarrhea, salivation,
cramps, and abdominal pain.
Royal Blue trace metal tube available from the Clinical Pathology Core
Laboratory, 6240 RCP.
Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry