Tests for MCS
Environmental Medicine physicians order routine blood tests if they have not been done recently. Allergy testing is usually recommended. Most patients with chemical sensitivities have allergies they don't recognize, especially food allergies. Very detailed allergy testing is done for inhaled allergens such as dust, dust mites, mold, as well as, food and chemicals. (See allergy section for more details).
Other fairly commonly ordered tests include:
- Antioxidant status
- Toxic metal evaluation-lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and others. This includes blood levels and challenge testing with chelation.
- Gluten (gliadin) sensitivity
- Thyroid function including thyroid autoantibodies
- Functional nutritional analysis
- Intracellular mineral levels
- Arterial and venous oxygen levels
- Comprehensive stool analysis-screen for fungal and parasite infections, intestinal inflammation, pancreatic enzyme deficiency, leaky gut, gluten sensitivity, mucosal immunity
- Urine organic acids-evaluates cellular metabolism and nutritional imbalances.
- Peripheral Arterial Tonometry-evaluates toxic vasculitis and endothelial function