This test is done to determine the level of lead in the blood.
A lead test is done to determine the level of lead in the blood.
Single, large exposures are not usually the cause of lead poisoning. Small doses over an extended time can cause lead poisoning. It is the total amount of lead that has collected in the body that is important.
Any body system can be adversely affected by lead.
Children are more sensitive to the effects of lead than adults, especially those younger than age six. Lead exposure can affect:
Fortunately, the percentage of young children with problematic blood lead levels has dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. In conjunction with state programs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends screening for anyone at increased risk of lead exposure.
The costs in this care path do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture). There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?
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