Elemental Analysis, Packed Erythrocytes (RBC's)

Elemental Analysis nutritional test is for patients suspected of recent toxic element exposure and for evaluation of intracellular mineral nutrient status. This toxic element exposure test measures RBC intracellular concentrations of toxic elements and nutrient elements.

The vast majority of chemical reactions governing cellular processes are, in turn, regulated by enzymatic reactions. Enzymes usually require mineral cofactors such as magnesium and zinc to operate. Toxic elements, on the other hand, can interfere with enzymatic reactions and disrupt cellular activities. Thus, both element insufficiencies and excesses have a significant impact on health.

Nutrient Element Insufficiency

Unfortunately, nutrient element insufficiencies are pandemic in our society, leading to a variety of health problems. These include:

  • Zinc deficiency, which can result in stunted growth, poor wound healing, infertility, depressed immunity, and increased occurrence of teratogenicity (developmental malformations)
  • Magnesium deficiency, which contributes to fatigue, depression, osteoporosis, hypertension, and a host of other disorders

Clearly, accurate assessment of mineral levels is critical to evaluate the causes and contributing factors of illness.

Results from this nutritional test enable the clinician to design a customized treatment program for the patient geared toward elimination of current toxic exposure or replenishment of critical minerals.

Test Type: Blood Test

Analyte List
Antimony
Arsenic
Cadmium
Chromium
Copper
Lead
Magnesium
Manganese
Mercury
Potassium
Selenium
Thallium
Tin
Vanadium
Zinc
CPT Codes  
Cadmium 82300
Copper 82525
Lead 83655
Magnesium 83735
Manganese 83785
Mercury 83015
Potassium 84132
Zinc 84630
Specimen Requirements
2ml packed red blood cells from NaHep tube provided in kit