Lead Test

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Also known as: Blood lead test; blood lead level
Related tests: Zinc protoporphyrin

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for elevated concentrations of lead in your blood

When to Get Tested?

If you may have been exposed to lead where you live or work; children especially should be tested as they may have inhaled dust or ingested substances that could contain lead (e.g., from paint chips or water from lead pipes found in older housing). It is also important that pregnant women who think they may have been exposed also get tested due to the risk of maternal to fetal transfer of lead through the placenta.

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?