Blood Lead Testing  

Graph showing adverse reactions to lead exposure

Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children younger than 6 years are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.

Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead poisoning in children. Other sources include contaminated air, water and soil. Adults who work with batteries, do home renovations or work in auto repair shops also might be exposed to lead.

There is no safe blood level of lead and there is treatment for lead poisoning.

A simple blood test can detect lead poisoning.

Screening Information

Lead tests can be performed during clinic hours M,W,F 8:00am-4:00pm 
♦ No appointment necessary
No physician’s referral needed
The lead  test is performed by finger stick method
Results take approximately 2 weeks
Cost for this service depends upon insurance coverage
        ⇒ Call your insurance provider prior to the testing for coverage/cost
        ⇒ 100% out of pocket cost is $37.00 for lead testing
Lead Case Management is available if needed

Call the clinic at (660)665-8491 for more information


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