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How is heavy metal poisoning diagnosed?

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Different tests can check for different types of heavy metals. Some might test your blood or pee. Others might require an X-ray. Your doctor will also ask you about your job, hobbies, diet, and anything else that could have put you in contact with dangerous substances.

Tests for heavy metals aren’t routine. Your doctor would test you only if you show symptoms and there is a history of exposure or a good reason to suspect they are related to heavy metals.

From: What Is Heavy Metal Poisoning? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Oregon Public Health, Division Environmental Public Health: “Heavy metals and your

health: Frequently asked questions about testing, treatment and prevention.”

Consumer Reports: “Be Wary of Bogus Supplements for Lead Poisoning.”

FDA: “Questions and Answers on Unapproved Chelation Products.”

Medscape: “Heavy Metal Toxicity.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Heavy Metal Poisoning.”

UpToDate: “Lead Poisoning (The Basics).”

Poison Control, National Capital Poison Center: “Chelation: Therapy or ‘Therapy’?”

Environmental Protection Agency: “Protect Your Family from Exposures to Lead.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Oregon Public Health, Division Environmental Public Health: “Heavy metals and your

health: Frequently asked questions about testing, treatment and prevention.”

Consumer Reports: “Be Wary of Bogus Supplements for Lead Poisoning.”

FDA: “Questions and Answers on Unapproved Chelation Products.”

Medscape: “Heavy Metal Toxicity.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Heavy Metal Poisoning.”

UpToDate: “Lead Poisoning (The Basics).”

Poison Control, National Capital Poison Center: “Chelation: Therapy or ‘Therapy’?”

Environmental Protection Agency: “Protect Your Family from Exposures to Lead.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 09, 2018

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