What is a Lead Level test?
Lead is a poisonous (toxic) metal that can lead to brain and nervous system damage, especially among children, at any detectable level. A person can be exposed to lead by eating or drinking lead-contaminated foods, water, or other material (such as paint chips); breathing dust or smoke containing lead; or through skin contact with lead.
Abnormal lead levels can interfere with normal functioning of many organs, particularly the nervous system. Your doctor may order a lead blood test for a variety of reasons. Some signs of repeated lead exposure can include:
- Abdominal pain or cramps
- Irritability or aggressive behavior
- Sleep problems or fatigue
- Loss of developmental skills in children
- Loss of appetite
- High blood pressure
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Memory loss
- Kidney dysfunction
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.