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Overview Brief

Chromium test briefly examines the presence of chromium in the blood. [1]

What is Chromium test?

Chromium test is a blood test done to examine the level of chromium present for toxicity or deficiency. The deficiency is more common in older people, diabetic patients as well as worker working in industries that involve metals used in the production of steel. [1]

Why is Chromium test suggested?

Chromium tests are advised when the level of chromium in the blood is abnormal. Deficiency or high level of Chromium can lead to,

  • High cholesterol.
  • Decrease in WBC’s.
  • Low glucose levels.
  • Nerve and kidney damage.
  • Skin ailments.

How is Chromium Tests performed?

Chromium tests are performed by drawing blood from the veins specifically located in: [2]

  • Inside of elbow.
  • Back of hand.

What are the parameters measured in the Chromium Tests?

 Serum chromium level, in general, is less than or equal to 1.4 micrograms or milliliter (µg/mL) or 26924.80 nanomoles/L (nmol/L). Any level indicating less or more than 1.4 micrograms or milliliter requires proper treatment which your doctor shall prescribe to you. [2]

Preparation before performing Chromium Tests

Mineral supplements and multivitamins should not be taken for some days before the test. It is advisable to have a talk with your doctor prior to the test. [2]

Post-care after Chromium Tests

Chromium Tests test is a simple procedure. No special care is required to post the sample for testing has been given.  A bandage may be required as blood is drawn.

Post-care after Chromium Tests

Chromium Tests test is a simple procedure. No special care is required to post the sample for testing has been given.  A bandage may be required as blood is drawn.

Side effects/risks of Chromium Tests

Chromium Tests is a simple lab test. There are no side effects or risks of undergoing the test. However, there might be a slight pain when the needle is inserted. [2]

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