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Also known as: Blood Lead Test; Blood Lead Level; BLL
Formal name: Lead, blood

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for excessive exposure to lead

When to Get Tested?

As indicated by a child lead screening program or physician preference, such as at 1 and 2 years of age; children considered to be at risk may need additional testing from 18 months to 6 years of age; when your occupation or hobby may expose you or your family to lead; when you have symptoms suggesting lead poisoning

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm or by fingerstick or heelstick (for infants)

Test Preparation Needed?