Monitoring lithium dose levels: estimation of lithium in blood and other body fluids.


Journal Article (Review)

The theoretical basis and practical application of the analytical procedures used to quantitate lithium in biological fluids, i.e., flame emission and atomic absorption, are described in their most simple form in nontechnical language. The clinical relevance of the erythrocyte to plasma ratio, saliva, urine, and spinal fluid lithium measures is discussed. Other topics include acute treatment plasma lithium levels and maintenance treatment plasma levels, pitfalls in sample collection, availability of micro (finger prick) procedures, and laboratory accuracy and evaluation.

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Cited Authors

  • Cooper, TB; Carroll, BJ

Published Date

  • March 1, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 58

PubMed ID

  • 7028796

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7028796

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0271-0749

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00004714-198103000-00002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States