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LEAD, blood (087-0325)
Test Mnemonic:


Specimen Requirements:


3 mL Lavender topped tube (K2EDTA);  Acceptable: Royal Blue topped trace metal free tube with heparin. 


Lavender topped tube (K2EDTA);  Acceptable: Royal Blue topped trace metal free tube with heparin. 

Minimum Volume:

3 mL


 Deliver to Sample Management as soon as possible

Specimen Preparation:

Specimen should be delivering within 2 hours. Refrigerated sample upon received.


Refrigerated for up to 7 days.     

Causes for Rejection:

Blood collected in tube other than specified, incomplete and/or incorrect sample identification, improper storage/transport.                 

Reference Range:

By report (reports may vary based on instrumentation, patient age and sex)

Turnaround Time:

Routine:  72 hours


Atomic Absorption


Special  Chemistry   

Patient Preparation :

Routine venipuncture

CPT 4 Code:



STAT requests after hours require approval of the director or pathology resident on call. All lead values >10 mcg/dL in children < 14 years old must be reported to the Texas Department of Health. It is the responsibility of both the laboratory running the test and the physician seeing the patient to report these results.  Not available on Week-ends.

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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