Clinical Chemistry

METALS: TRACE AND TOXIC (MLS)

Learning Lab for Medical Laboratory Scientists

Author information
Paul J. Jannetto, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, MT (ASCP)
Dr Jannetto disclosed no conflict of interest

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize the common clinical signs and symptoms of deficiency or toxicity to essential, non- essential, and heavy elements
  • Identify the appropriate laboratory test/specimen matrix which should be ordered/collected to assess for elemental exposure or toxicity
  • Correctly interpret the elemental laboratory test results and suggest appropriate follow-up testing or care
  • Identify common sources of exposure to various elements
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