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The Arsenic Urine test detects the presence of arsenic in urine. 

What is Arsenic Urine?

Arsenic is a natural, metalloid component of the earth’s crust. Arsenic poisoning is harmful and can damage a person’s health if exposed over a long period. Arsenic Urine test is performed on a random sample of urine to measure the level of arsenic.1

Why is Arsenic Urine suggested?

The doctor orders an Arsenic Urine test if the patient exhibits the following signs and symptoms:2

  • Breath that smells of garlic and a metallic taste in the mouth.
  • Too much of saliva.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Presence of blood in urine.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Loss of hair.
  • Stomach cramping.
  • Convulsions.
  • Too much sweating.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.

How is Arsenic Urine performed?

The Arsenic Urine test is done in the following way:2

  • On spot urine sample is collected.
  • The sample is sent to the laboratory for analysis.

This is how an Arsenic Urine test is done.

What are the parameters measured in Arsenic Urine?

The Arsenic Urine test involves separating the different types of organic and inorganic arsenic by identifying certain metabolites like methylarsonic acid (MMA) and dimethylarsinic acid (DMA).

Preparation before performing Arsenic Urine

The patient should not eat seafood and herbal supplements for three days before collecting the urine sample. High concentrations of gadolinium and iodine are also known to tamper with the test results. If either has been administered, the sample should not be collected for 96 hours. 1

Post-care after Arsenic Urine

There is no post-care necessary after Arsenic Urine test.

Sample types in Arsenic Urine

The sample type in Arsenic Urine test is:

  • Urine

Side effects/risks of Arsenic Urine

The Arsenic Urine test has no known side effects or risks.


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