Quest Diagnostics Test Code: 6024
Aluminum may be increased in patients on dialysis or on aluminum antacid medications and in patients with renal failure and Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminum accumulates in bone and hair.
Aluminum is a heavy metal which is found naturally in the environment. Some chemical and metabolic processes in the body require heavy metals. Aluminum is not a required heavy metal, and, even in small amounts, is harmful to the human body. Aluminum exposure is inevitable from the environment, however, it is quickly removed from the body by the kidney before it can cause any damage. However, in the event of renal disease or failure and patients who are receiving hemodialysis have a build-of aluminum in the body. This build-up deposits in the brain, hair and bones, causing acute illnesses which are life-threatening, such as encephalopathy. Aluminum urine tests are useful in these patients to ensure that they do not have aluminum toxicity. Aluminum blood and urine tests are both effective and whichever method is preferred may be used.
This test is performed in following conditions such as:
• Renal failure and are on hemodialysis
• Altered mental state or Alzheimer’s
• Abdominal pain
• Nausea and vomiting
• Fatigue and paleness
Also Known As: Al
Aluminum may be increased in patients on dialysis or on aluminum antacid medications and in patients with renal failure and Alzheimer's disease.
Estimated Time Taken
The turnaround time for the Aluminum, Urine test is typically 3-5 business days.