Antimony

Test ID: 

703521

CPT code:

83018

Synonyms:

Sb, Urine

Clinical Use:

Monitor exposure to antimony

Test Information:

Antimony poisoning through acute or chronic exposure is characterized by abdominal pain, dyspnea, nausea, vomiting, dermatitis, and eye irritation. Inhalation is the predominant route of occupational exposure.2 Antimony, employed industrially in pigments, abrasives, and for flameproofing fabrics, is primarily used in the form of inorganic salts. Various organic salts of antimony are available as parasiticides. The metallic form of antimony is used in many alloys.

Specimen Type:

Urine (random or 24-hour)

Requested Volume: 

5 mL

Minimum Volume: 

1.5 mL

Container Type: 

Plastic urine container, no preservative

Collection:

Optional protocol: Instruct the patient to void at 8 AM and discard the specimen. Then collect all urine including the final specimen voided at the end of the 24-hour collection period (ie, 8 AM the next morning). Avoid contact with metal during collection. Screw the lid on securely.

Storage Instructions:

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements:

Temperature

Period

Room temperature

14 days

Refrigerated

14 days

Frozen

14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x3

 

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