Test Catalog

Test Id : SBWB

Antimony, Blood

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Determining antimony toxicity

Special Instructions
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Method Name
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Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

NY State Available
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Reporting Name
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Antimony, B

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Sb (Antimony)

Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Whole blood

Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Patient Preparation: High concentrations of gadolinium and iodine are known to interfere with most metal tests. If either gadolinium- or iodine-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.

Supplies: Greiner Bio-One VACUETTE TUBE 6 mL NH Trace Elements Sodium Heparin tube (T819)

Container/Tube: Greiner Bio-One Vacuette Tube 6 mL NH Trace Elements Sodium Heparin tube for blood is required. Becton-Dickinson (BD) royal blue-top tubes are not acceptable for this testing.

Specimen Volume: 0.8 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. See Trace Metals Analysis Specimen Collection and Transport for complete instructions.

2. Send whole blood specimen in original tube. Do not aliquot.

Special Instructions
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Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.25 mL

Reject Due To
Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross lipemia OK
Gross icterus    OK

Specimen Stability Information
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Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Whole blood Refrigerated 7 days

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Determining antimony toxicity

Clinical Information
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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 (ie, sodium stibogluconate [Pentostam], which is used to treat cutaneous leishmaniasis).(1) 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. OSHA has set a limit of 0.5 mg/m(3) of antimony in workroom air to protect workers during an 8-hour work shift (40-hour workweek).(2)


Absorption of antimony through the lungs may take days to weeks. Absorption of antimony from ingestion typically enters the blood within a few hours.(2) The amount and form of the antimony affects how much is absorbed. Once in the blood, antimony is distributed to the liver, lungs, intestines, and spleen. Elimination is primarily through the urine, occurring over several weeks. The half-life varies depending on the chemical form. Trivalent antimony is primarily bound to erythrocytes, while pentavalent antimony is primarily found in plasma, which makes whole blood the preferred specimen to analyze for acute intoxication. Whole blood concentrations in healthy subjects not exposed to antimony averaged 0.7 mcg/L and usually do not exceed 2 mcg/L.(3) In battery plant workers, median blood antimony concentrations of 2.6 mcg/L were found in metal casters and 10 mcg/L in metal formers.(4)


The effects of acute or chronic antimony poisoning are similar to arsenic poisoning and include abdominal pain, dyspnea, nausea, vomiting, dermatitis, and visual disturbances.(1) Additionally, toxicity can include pneumoconiosis, and altered electrocardiograms.(2)

Reference Values
Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

<3 ng/mL (unexposed)

3-10 ng/mL (exposed)

Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Normal blood concentrations are 0.7-2 ng/mL in the unexposed, and 2.6-10 ng/mL in exposed workers.(3)

Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

No significant cautionary statements

Clinical Reference
Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Baselt R: Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals In Man. 10th ed. Biomedical Publications; 2014

2. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: Toxicological profile for antimony and compounds. US Department of Health and Human Services; October 2019. Accessed May 18, 2020. Available at www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp23.pdf

3. Gebel T, Claussen K, Dunkelberg H: Human biomonitoring of antimony. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 1998 May;71(3):221-224

4. Kentner M, Leinemann M, Schaller KH, Weltle D, Lehnert G: External and internal antimony exposure in starter battery production. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 1995;67(2):119-123

5. Roberts NB, Taylor A, Sodi R: Vitamins and trace elements. Rifai N, Horvath AR, Wittwer CT, eds: Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics. 6th ed. Elsevier; 2018:chap 37

Special Instructions
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Method Description
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The metal of interest is analyzed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.(Unpublished Mayo method)

PDF Report
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Day(s) Performed
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Report Available
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2 to 8 days

Specimen Retention Time
Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

14 days

Performing Laboratory Location
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Test Classification
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This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information
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CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.


LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
SBWB Antimony, B 5578-0
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
64273 Antimony, B 5578-0

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Sample Reports
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SI Sample Reports
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