Blood Sciences Test


Aluminium

Specimen

Lithium Heparin Plasma

Special Instructions

NOTE must be sent same day to referral lab. Do not collect on Fridays or Bank Holiday’s

Units

umol/L

Test Usage

Historically used to monitor dialysis patients using aluminium hydroxide. In the past, aluminium accumulation sometimes led to dementia and osteomalacia but with monitoring this no longer occurs.

Aluminium-containing antacids in non-dialysis patients, aluminium kitchenware, or working with aluminium, do not cause measurable increases in serum aluminium.Some patients with Alzheimer’s disease have increased aluminium deposits in the CNS but serum tests will not detect this.

Availability

Referred test

Turnaround Time

28 days

Can be added on to an existing request up to 4 days following sample receipt.

Specimen Labelling Procedure