Aluminium - plasma or serum

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5 mL blood in lithium heparin or plain tube.

Special caution should be used to avoid contamination of the specimen with environmental aluminium (check with your laboratory).


Atomic absorption spectrophotometry.

Reference Interval

<0.3 µmol/L.


Monitoring renal dialysis patients. Investigation of dementia, osteodystrophy or unexplained anaemia in renal dialysis patients.

May also be elevated during TPN in neonates.


Aluminium levels should not exceed 2.0 µmol/L in dialysis patients.


Cannata-Andia JB andFernandez-Martin JL. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2002; 17:2: 9-12.