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
  • Headaches
  • Loss of developmental skills in children
  • Loss of appetite
  • High blood pressure
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Memory loss
  • Anemia
  • 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.

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