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The Arsenic Blood test detects the presence of arsenic in blood. 

What is Arsenic Blood?

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 blood test analyses blood for the presence of arsenic.1

Why is Arsenic Blood suggested?

The doctor orders an Arsenic Blood 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 Blood performed?

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

  1.  A lab technician draws blood from a vein in your arm or hand.
  2. The blood sample is sent to the laboratory for analysis.

This is how an Arsenic Blood test is done.

What are the parameters measured in Arsenic Blood?

The Arsenic Blood test looks for micrograms of arsenic in every liter of blood. Anything more than 50 micrograms per liter is considered to be high.

Preparation before performing Arsenic Blood

The patient should not eat seafood and herbal supplements for three days before collecting the blood sample.3

Post-care after Arsenic Blood

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

Sample types in Arsenic Blood 

The sample type in Arsenic Blood test is:

  •  Whole blood

Side effects/risks of Arsenic Blood

The Arsenic Blood test has the following risks due to blood being drawn:

  • Bleeding.
  • Fainting or dizziness.
  • Hematoma which is blood pooling under the skin.
  • Infection due to the skin being broken.

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