Arsenic - urine

Last updated: Wednesday, 07, April, 2004

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Item Process
Specimen

Acute poisoning: random urine specimen.

Chronic poisoning: 24 hour urine collection with acid preservative.

Occupational exposure: collection at the end of a shift at the end of the working week. Fish and shellfish must be excluded from the diet for one day, and seaweed for three days, as they may contain high levels of non-toxic organic arsenicals.

Method

Atomic absorption spectrophotometry.

Reference Interval
<3 µmol/24 hours.
Application

Suspected arsenic poisoning.

Interpretation

>13 μmol/24 hours indicates toxicity.

Reference

Robson M. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf  2003; 56(1): 104-109.