Arsenic, Hair or Nails

Overview

  • EPIC Code:
  • LAB2498
  • Soft Test Code:
  • ARSHA
  • Send Out Test Code:
  • 15711 / 15711X

Specimen Collection & Preparation

Patient Preparation

Clean head hair, try to avoid hairsprays, mousse and other wash out hair products.   


Specimen Requirements

1 gram of Hair (this equates to the length of an index finger and width of a pencil)
or
1 gram of Nails (this equates to taking clippings from all ten fingernails or toenails)

Alternate Specimen

 

TransportAndStorage

Ambient

Collection Instructions

Do not send razor clippings. Do not apply tape to hair.

 
A.   Locate an area of hair at the scalp, preferable in an inconspicuous area, and bundle the hair together with fingers, clip from the roots. If hair is thin, several areas may need to be clipped and bundled together.
 
B.   Wrap the hair, at the root end with the twist tie.    DO NOT USE TAPE.
 
C.   Place hair in an envelope or sterile container and label properly on the outside of the container. 
 
D. Ship the sample at room temperature, do not refrigerate or freeze. Specimen stability at room temp has not been established. 

1.  Head hair is preferred; chest hair, mustache hair or beard hair is acceptable for metals testing sent to Mayo Medical Labs.
 
2.  Beard trimmings and razor clippings are not acceptable.
 
3.  Quantity requested is 500-600 mg, this is the approximate length of the index finger and the width of a pencil.   (If hair is longer full locks are accepted).  

Clinical Interpretation

Reference Range:

< 1.0 ug/g of hair or nails


Methodology:
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma / Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

Production Schedule

Sites Performed
  • Quest - Chantilly to Mayo Laboratory
Days Performed
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Departments
  • Sendouts - Clinical
Turn Around Time

5 to 7 days


Coding & Compliance

CDM

00910057


CPT Coding

82175