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What is the definition or description of: heavy metals panel with cadmium random urine?

What is the definition or description of: heavy metals panel with cadmium random urine?

More info: Random urine i think means a random spot urine test unlike 24 hour test. The name implies that heavy metal and cadmium are being checked in a random sample. I am not aware of such a test. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more

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Every time i drink coffee my urine has a strong odor like metal. Why is that?

Every time i drink coffee my urine has a strong odor like metal. Why is that?

Caffeine : Caffeine is excreted unchanged in the urine. It has a very characteristic odor. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
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Ask your doctor to review your medications in case one is the cause
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Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
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If male, schedule a prostate exam
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Why does my urine smell like metal?

Check what you ate: Usually it is due to food intake. For instance, asparagus could change smell of urine among other reasons like onion and garlic. Also, some medicines cause urine smell change like penicillin. Explore more the details of your intake. ...Read more

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Are there any studies to confirm or debunk the efficacy of urine and/ or hair testing for heavy metals?

Are there any studies to confirm or debunk the efficacy of urine and/ or hair testing for heavy metals?

Many.: Depends upon the heavy metal. In general urine and blood levels are much more accurate and reliable than hair. Urine and blood levels are generally quite accurate. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Get urinalysis with a mid-stream catch
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Visit PCP or urologist
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Follow up with urologist
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Note other symptoms, related medical history
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Why does your urine smell like metal?

Depends on what you: Eat or drink.Carbonated soda can cause a metallic smell, blood does too or infection of the kidneys. Would advise having yourself checked and drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Go to your PCP have a complete exam urinalysis, a culture sensitivity.
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If all exams are normal, make a habit to drink a lot of water.
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Request regular urine checks to see if the blood in your urine persist
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