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Test Code PB Lead, Whole Blood

Specimen Type

Whole Blood


Preferred: Lavender EDTA

Acceptable: Dark Green Top Sodium Heparin. Lavender EDTA Micro Containers


Preferred Volume

4 mL whole blood

Micro Container: 0.5 mL of whole blood

UCMC Collection Instructions

 Once per admit unless treating for lead toxicity.


Available Tuesday and Friday

Turnaround Time

Sample must be received by 11am to be included in day’s analysis

STAT Availability

Not Available

Test Usage

Detecting lead toxicity or exposure

Test Methodology

Atomic absorption spectroscopy

Additional Information

All lead testing results are required by state law to be reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

CPT Code


Test Includes

Quantitative determination of lead in whole blood

Critical Results


Reference Range

   Adults:     <10 µg/dL 
Pediatrics:   <10 µg/dL

Minimum Volume

2 mL of whole blood

Micro Container: 0.5 mL of whole blood

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