Arsenic, Whole Blood

CPT: 82175
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Test Details


Monitor recent or acute exposure to arsenic


Short half-life in blood


Inductively-coupled plasma/mass spectrometry (ICP/MS)

Reference Interval

2−23 μg/L

Additional Information

Blood levels of arsenic have a short half-life and are useful only for monitoring recent or acute exposure. Urine arsenic measurement is a better measure of arsenic poisoning. In addition to pesticides, rodenticides, weed killers, paint, and wood preservatives contain arsenic.

Specimen Requirements


Whole blood


2 mL

Minimum Volume

0.6 mL


Royal blue-top (EDTA) tube

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements



Room temperature

14 days


14 days


14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x3

Causes for Rejection

Clotted specimen

Clinical Information


Bryson PD. Arsenic. Comprehensive Review in Toxicology. Rockville, Md: Aspen Publishers;1989: 501-508.
Campbell JP, Alvarez JA. Acute arsenic intoxication. Am Fam Physician. 1989; 40(6):93-97.2686377
Goyer RA. Toxic effects of metals. In: Klassen CD, Amdur MO, Doull J, eds. Casarett and Doull's Toxicology. 4th ed, New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing;1991: 623-680.


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
007245 Arsenic, Blood 5583-0 007245 Arsenic, Blood ug/L 5583-0

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