Cadmium (Blood)


This blood test is used to monitor exposure to cadmium. Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal frequently found in industrial places of work. Cigarettes are also a significant source of cadmium exposure. Cadmium may be found in batteries, fertilizers, pesticides, PVC plastics and certain shellfish. Those who work with cadmium pigments are also at risk for cadmium exposure. Cadmium toxicity affects the liver, placenta, lungs, brain, kidneys and bones, which may lead to problems such as fatigue, confusion, depression and cardiac arrhythmias.

Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning and shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.