Hi Dr. Hull. I am wondering if you could answer a few questions. There doesn’t appear to be any place to get my questions answered with respect to arsenic poisoning.
Four days after my wife became violently ill, urine and blood samples were taken. Results showed arsenic in her urine at .16 with the reference range being 0-.20 umol/24hrs. Her blood was 18.7 with a reference range 0-50.7 nmol/l.
Can arsenic levels be factored back to determine what the levels would have been 4 days earlier at the time of poisoning?
From Dr. Hull
No, you can’t go backwards using a blood or urine test, but you can using a hair sample. That said, four days earlier should reflect that arsenic was present at the time of these urine and blood samples. If she was poisoned, some arsenic may have excreted and the levels would have been higher, but for the most part, these results show arsenic exposure.
The question to ask was exposure longer than 4 days ago? Arsenic could have been present prior to this, but did it affect her more due to her illness?
It’s important to find the source of the arsenic to determine if it was acute exposure or if it was chronic exposure. If it was acute exposure (short term, one-time exposure), then it should flush out of the body within a few days and only show in the blood and urine, but if it has been chronic exposure, it is now accumulating in her tissues to the point that it is causing health symptoms.
A hair analysis will confirm this.
This is when the body deposits it in the hair, skin and nails in order to push it out of circulation. If this is the case, the arsenic will begin to increase on a hair analysis, especially if she’s sitting right on top of the source.
I Have Another Question:
Once arsenic is in the blood how long does it stay? Does it dissipate or does it linger?
She had her levels done 4 months after the first test and her urine came back at .10 umol and her blood at a higher range than the first test at 33.4 nmol/l. We are wondering why her levels of blood were higher?
Anything you can provide to us to give us some clarity would be greatly appreciated.
We would also like to know where she can have her hair and nail sample tested for arsenic that will determine the date and time of being exposed to arsenic.
If exposure in currently in her environment, it will show in the blood, and as it builds up in her body, it will then show in the hair. It appears that this is current exposure, and it appears to be building deposits inside of her blood, organs, and tissues.
Go to http://www.hairanalysisprogram.com/ for the hair analysis information, and log the dates this began so you can draw a clear picture of where this may be coming from. Has anything changed in her surroundings?
My best to you and your family,
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