What is an aluminum test?
The aluminum test is used to measure the level of aluminum in the blood. In normal people, aluminum is absorbed from daily food (5-10 mg) and excreted through the kidneys. However, the kidneys of patients who have renal failure (RF) or kidney failure lose the ability to filter and remove aluminum from the body. As a result, high levels of aluminum can be toxic to the body. High aluminum levels can cause aluminum to accumulate, melt with albumin, then spread rapidly throughout the body including the brain and bones. The accumulation of aluminum in the brain is one of the causes of dementia. While in bone, aluminum will replace calcium so that the formation of bone tissue will be damaged. Aluminum concentrations above normal in plasma also occur in patients with artificial joints made of aluminum. For patients who have long used artificial joints, they tend to have aluminum concentrations in plasma & gt; 10 ng /mL.
When should I undergo an aluminum test?
This test is used to measure aluminum concentration in patients with kidney failure. Usually, the doctor will do this test if you have symptoms of aluminum poisoning, such as:
- bone disease
- microcytic, hypochromic anemia
- neurological disorders
This disease will worsen for patients undergoing dialysis.
Prevention & amp; warning
What should I know before undergoing aluminum?
Several factors that can influence test results include:
- this test uses a special blood tube that is different from other tests
- Most blood vessels use rubber caps made of aluminum silicate. Therefore, blood samples can be contaminated with aluminum when the tube cap is touched
- gadolinium or contrast media uses iod for 96 hours. This can affect the results of heavy metal tests, including aluminum tests
Pay attention to warnings and precautions before undergoing this treatment. If you have questions, please consult a doctor for further information and instructions.
What should I do before undergoing aluminum?
The doctor will do a clinical examination before undergoing the test. Discuss with the doctor about certain preparations before the test. Make sure you tell your doctor about the medicines you are taking because certain types of drugs can affect the results of the test. You are advised to use short-sleeved clothing to make it easier to process blood samples from your hands.
What is the process of aluminum?
Medical personnel in charge of taking blood You will take the following steps:
- wraps an elastic belt around your upper arm to stop blood flow. This makes the blood vessels under the bond enlarge making it easier to inject the needle into the vessels
- clean the part to be injected with alcohol
- injects a needle into a blood vessel. More than one needle may be needed.
- attach the tube to the syringe to fill it with blood
- releases the ties from your arms when taking blood is enough
- attach gauze or cotton to the part that is injected, after the injection is completed
- puts pressure on that part and then installs the bandage
What should I do after undergoing aluminum?
Some people may feel pain when the syringe is inserted into the skin. But for most people, the pain will gradually disappear when the needle is right in the vein. Generally, the level of pain experienced depends on the expertise of the nurse, the condition of the arteries, and a person's sensitivity to pain. After going through the process of taking blood, wrap your hands in a bandage. Press the vein slowly to stop bleeding. After doing the test, you can do activities as usual. If you have questions about the test process, please consult a doctor for further instructions.
Explanation of Test Results
What do the test results mean?
- all ages: 0-6 ng /mL
- patients (all ages) with hemofiltration:
If the index rises, you are likely to experience aluminum poisoning. The doctor will explain the results of this test and combine them with the results of other tests, including physical tests, to provide an accurate diagnosis. You can ask the doctor for more information. The normal range for aluminum tests can vary depending on the laboratory you choose. Discuss with your doctor if there are questions about your test results.
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