Bismuth, Blood

Diagnostic Use

Bismuth is used in low melting point alloys and is used in malleable iron. It is added to aluminium and steel for better machinability. Bismuth compounds are used as catalysts and in semiconductors.
Bismuth compounds are used therapeutically for the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers. Bismuth subsalicylate appears to be effective in the suppression of Helicobactor pylori and is increasing used for the treatment of relapsing gastric ulcers.
Bismuth is rapidly excreted in the urine.


Severe side effects from taking bismuth compounds including gingivastomatitis, toxicity to the kidney, liver and central nervous system have been recorded. Abnormal MRI scans and encephalopathy may develop at high bismuth concentrations. This is usually reversible when treatment ceases.


Lipids/Trace Metals

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Laboratory Handling


Recommended sampling time is POST SHIFT - the last 2 hours to immediately following the end of the working day.


Do not separate.

Turnaround Time

2 weeks

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