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Red Blood Cell (RBC) Elements

Red blood cell (RBC) elements tests are used to assess the status of essential elements with important intracellular functions, such as magnesium, copper and zinc. Deficiencies or excesses of these essential elements affect numerous metabolic processes. RBC element analysis is also useful for the assessment of ongoing or recent exposure to specific toxic metals, such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, methylmercury and thallium, that accumulate preferentially in erythrocytes. [ LEARN MORE]

Useful for:

  • Alopecia
  • Anemia
  • Bone Density
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis or Poor Wound Healing
  • Detoxification Therapy
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammation
  • Immune Function
  • Impaired Glucose Tolerance
  • Kidney Function
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Parkinson's-like Symptoms
  • Sexual Impotence or Decreased Testosterone Production
  • Vision Problems

Turnaround Time

3 to 5 days

Analytes Tested

Click any analyte name for additional clinical information, including reference ranges, specimen collection, stability and rejection criteria.

Analyte
CPT
ABN Required
Arsenic; RBC
82175
Yes
Boron; RBC
83018
Yes
Cadmium; RBC
82300
Yes
Calcium; RBC
82310
Yes
Cesium; RBC
83018
Yes
Chromium; RBC
82495
Yes
Copper; RBC
82525
Yes
Iron; RBC
83540
Yes
Lead; RBC
83655
Yes
Magnesium; RBC
83735
Yes
Manganese; RBC
83785
Yes
Mercury; RBC
83825
Yes
Molybdenum; RBC
83018
Yes
Phosphorus; RBC
84999
Yes
Potassium; RBC
84999
Yes
Selenium; RBC
84255
Yes
Thallium; RBC
83018
Yes
Zinc; RBC
84630
Yes

List price applies when filing with insurance or Medicare, or when billing a patient directly. Prompt payment pricing applies when billing to a physician account or prepayment is received with the test. Doctor's Data offers profiles containing multiple analytes. *Multiple analytes may be billed under a single CPT code. Many analytes can be ordered individually. Pricing may vary. Click on a specific analyte for more information or read our detailed billing and payment policies. The CPT codes listed on our website are for informational purposes only. This information is our interpretation of CPT coding requirements and may not necessarily be correct. You are advised to consult the CPT Coding Manual published by the American Medical Association. Doctor's Data, Inc. takes no responsibility for billing errors due to your use of any CPT information from our website. Sign in at the top of any page to view pricing and order tests. Or click here to create an account. You may also contact us for assistance placing an order.

Doctor's Data offers profiles containing multiple analytes. *Multiple analytes may be billed under a single CPT code. Many analytes can be ordered individually. Pricing may vary. Click on a specific analyte for more information or read our detailed billing and payment policies.

The CPT codes listed on our website are for informational purposes only. This information is our interpretation of CPT coding requirements and may not necessarily be correct. You are advised to consult the CPT Coding Manual published by the American Medical Association. Doctor's Data, Inc. takes no responsibility for billing errors due to your use of any CPT information from our website.

Sign in at the top of any page to view pricing and order tests. Or click here to create an account. You may also contact us for assistance placing an order.

Detailed Information

Red blood cell (RBC) analysis is an invaluable method for assessing insufficiency or excess of elements that have important functions within cells or on blood cell membranes. An important feature of this analysis is that the cells are not washed, because this would result in partial loss of some important elements, such as calcium, that bind to the plasma membrane. RBC element levels are very useful for:

  • Cardiotonic influences (magnesium, potassium)
  • Anti-inflammatory processes (selenium, copper, zinc)
  • Anemia (copper, iron)
  • Immunological function (zinc, copper, magnesium)
  • Glucose tolerance (chromium, manganese and possibly vanadium)
Disorders specifically associated with zinc deficiency are also addressed by this analysis. These disorders include loss of visual acuity, dysgeusia, dermatitis and poor wound healing, alopecia, amino acid malabsorption, sexual impotence, decreased production of testosterone, depressed immune function and growth retardation.

Accurate assessment of essential element status is highly recommended for the determination of appropriate supplementation. The absorption, transport and metabolism of essential elements is highly integrated and regulated. Inappropriate supplementation or dietary imbalance of elements can have significant adverse health effects. For example, excess intake of zinc or molybdenum can result in copper deficiency and, although essential, excess retention of manganese can have serious neurotoxic effects.

RBC element analysis is also useful for the assessment of ongoing or very recent exposure to specific toxic elements that accumulate preferentially in erythrocytes. These toxic elements include arsenic, cadmium, lead, methylmercury and thallium. It is important to keep in mind that elevated levels of the toxic elements in these cells reflect only recent or ongoing exposure and do not provide information about the net retention of the metals in the body.

RBC element analysis should be performed prior to and intermittently throughout the course of detoxification or chelation therapy. Monitoring essential element status is necessary to identify needs for and effectiveness of supplementation. Replacement and maintenance of adequate levels of essential nutrients can markedly reduce the apparent adverse "side effects" associated with the use of detoxification agents and the general effects of mobilization of toxic elements. It is important to note that some diseases are associated with abnormal levels of blood cell elements that could be misleading with respect to nutritional status. For example, blood cell copper can be temporarily elevated during inflammatory response while liver levels are not.