|Values are valid only on day of printing.|
Nail analysis of lead can be used to corroborate blood analysis.
Detecting lead exposure
Normally, the nail lead content is <4.0 mcg/g. Nail lead >10.0 mcg/g indicates significant lead exposure.
Blood lead analysis has the strongest correlation with toxicity.
0.0-3.9 mcg/g of nails
Reference values apply to all ages.
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