Cadmium – whole blood

Cadmium poisoning occurs when a person breaths in the air or ingests food and water polluted with Cadmium. 

Cadmium is found in cigarettes, batteries, pigments (colours), metal coatings, plastics, some metal alloys, garden fertilisers, bright red, yellow, and orange pigments in some pottery or glassware paint.

High levels of Cadmium in the blood may result in nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea.

As with most heavy metals, poisoning often occurs over a long period of time. The poisoning takes a subtle, sub-clinical form eventually resulting in kidney damage, fragile bones, persistent fatigue and death.

This test is part of the metal toxicity panel.

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