Thallium, Urine

CPT: 82570; 83018
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Test Includes

Creatinine, urine; thallium, urine; thallium:creatinine ratio

Special Instructions

Do not use preservative. Preservatives used for routine analysis may contain mercuric oxide (ie, Stabilur), which interferes with all metal testing. If both a routine urinalysis and metal testing are ordered, please submit a separate urine specimen (containing no additive) for the metal testing.

Expected Turnaround Time

4 - 6 days

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Specimen Requirements


Urine (random or 24-hour)


5 mL

Minimum Volume

1.5 mL


Plastic urine container, no preservative


Optional protocol: Instruct the patient to void at 8 AM and discard the specimen. Then collect all urine including the final specimen voided at the end of the 24-hour collection period (ie, 8 AM the next morning). Avoid contact with metal during collection. Screw the lid on securely.

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements



Room temperature

14 days


14 days


14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x3

Test Details


Monitor industrial exposure to thallium


This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by LabCorp. It has not been cleared or approved by the Food and Drug Administration.


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

Reference Interval

Environmental exposure: <0.0−1.5 μg/L

Thallium:creatinine ratio: 0.0−0.9 μg/g creatinine1

Additional Information

Thallium exposure, associated with industrial inhalation and/or dermal absorption of metallic thallium or thallium salts, may cause albuminuria, sensory changes, polyneuritis, speech disturbances, weakness, and visual impairment. Ingestion of soluble thallium salts is characterized by colic, nausea, vomiting, tremors, and paralysis.2 Thallium compounds are employed in semiconductor research, optical systems, and photoelectric cells. Thallium salts are also used as insecticides and rodenticides. Poisoning from occupational exposure to thallium can occur in the manufacture of optical instruments, rodenticides, dyes, and certain alloys. Environmental exposure may follow emissions from smelters, cement plants, and coal-fired plants.


1. Lauwerys RR, Hoet P. Industrial Chemical Exposure: Guidelines for Biological Monitoring. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, Fla: Lewis Publishers;1993:293.
2. Baselt RC, Cravey RH. Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man. 4th ed. Chemical Toxicology Institute;1995.


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
706580 Thallium, Urine 706581 Thallium, Urine ug/L 21558-2
706580 Thallium, Urine 723280 Creatinine(Crt),U g/L 2161-8
706580 Thallium, Urine 706584 Thallium/Crt Ratio ug/g crt 13469-2

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