Aluminium - plasma or serum

Last updated: Wednesday, 07, April, 2004

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Item Process
Specimen

5 mL blood in lithium heparin or plain tube.

Special caution should be used to avoid contamination of the specimen with environmental aluminium (check with your laboratory).

Method

Atomic absorption spectrophotometry.

Reference Interval

<0.3 µmol/L.

Application

Monitoring renal dialysis patients. Investigation of dementia, osteodystrophy or unexplained anaemia in renal dialysis patients.

May also be elevated during TPN in neonates.

Interpretation

Aluminium levels should not exceed 2.0 µmol/L in dialysis patients.

Reference

Cannata-Andia JB andFernandez-Martin JL. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2002; 17:2: 9-12.