Beryllium-exposed individuals should have regular health examinations, including chest X-rays and breathing tests. It is also recommended that all beryllium-exposed individuals be tested for beryllium sensitization with a blood test called beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (BeLPT). This test measures your white blood cells' reaction to beryllium.
If you have an abnormal chest X- ray, breathing test, or BeLPT, your doctor may want to consider a bronchoscopy. During a bronchoscopy, a slender tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the lungs to allow the doctor to obtain samples (washings) to look for evidence of beryllium sensitization in the lung, and biopsies to look for granulomas and other changes caused by beryllium disease.
The beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (BeLPT) is a blood test that measures beryllium sensitization, which is an "allergic" reaction to beryllium. The test is very specific, meaning that if your blood reacts to beryllium, nothing other than beryllium could have caused this reaction.
Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Beryllium Icp/Ms Blood. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Beryllium Icp/Ms Blood.
No preparation is required
|UNISEX||All age groups||< 4|