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Test ID: HMSU    
Heavy Metals Screen, 24 Hour, Urine

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

See individual test descriptions for:

-ASHMS / Arsenic, 24 Hour, Urine

-CDHMU / Cadmium, 24 Hour, Urine

-PBS / Lead, 24 Hour, Urine

-HGHMS / Mercury, 24 Hour, Urine

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.


0-35 mcg/specimen

Reference values apply to all ages.



0-4 mcg/specimen

Reference values apply to all ages.



0-15 years: not established

> or =16 years: 0.0-1.3 mcg/specimen



0-15 years: not established

> or =16 years: 0-9 mcg/specimen

Toxic concentration: >50 mcg/specimen

The concentration at which toxicity is expressed is widely variable between patients. 50 mcg/specimen is the lowest concentration at which toxicity is usually apparent.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

High concentrations of gadolinium and iodine are known to interfere with most metals tests. If either gadolinium- or iodine-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.

Special Instructions and Forms Describes specimen collection and preparation information, test algorithms, and other information pertinent to test. Also includes pertinent information and consent forms to be used when requesting a particular test