Antimony (Blood)
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Lab: Quest Diagnostics

Results: 7-10 Business Days
Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Description: Antimony is a silvery white metal that is used in alloys for lead batteries, solder, sheet metal, bearings, castings, ammunition, and pewter. It is also used for pigments, abrasives, flame-proofing fabrics, and in medications. Antimony typically enters the environment during mining, processing of ores, emissions from coal-burning power plants, and production of alloys. Exposure to antimony can occur through inhalation, ingestion, or dermal contact with soil, water, foods, or medications that contain it. In the workplace, exposure is usually via inhalation.

The effects of acute or chronic antimony poisoning are similar to arsenic and include abdominal pain, dyspnea, nausea, vomiting, dermatitis, and visual disturbances. Additionally, toxicity can include pneumoconiosis, and altered electrocardiograms.

Methodology: Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS) or Atomic Spectroscopy (AS)