Test OverviewThe Urine Mineral Panel is usually used to evaluate toxic metal burden in a patient. Typically the test is done as a chelator challenge test in which one or more doses of a heavy metal chelator such as DMSA (Maximum dose 30 mg/kg/day; 10 mg/kg/dose; 500 mg) followed by a timed or 24-hour urine collection. Levels of nutritional minerals are also of interest, as chelation therapy may deplete the body of these essential minerals.
- First-line test for evaluating Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger's Syndrome, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD, ADHD), and learning disability.
- First-line test for evaluating depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
- First-line test for evaluating environmental toxicity.
- Seizure disorders.
- Your doctor will provide you with the sample collection kit and a prescription for the chelator.
- Detailed instructions are in the sample collection kit.
Your doctor or lab may have different instructions that supersede the above.
Labs Performing Test
|Name of Lab||Lab Code||Estimated Cost||Processing Time||Comments|
|Great Plains||$185+chelator||Cash discount and some insurance|
Costs cited are subject to change and may be reduced by insurance or cash discounts and increased by sample collection fees.