Furoic acid is a metabolite that appears in the urine of workers occupationally exposed to furfural.
Furoic acid is a metabolite that appears in the urine of workers occupationally exposed to furfural and is a marker of exposure to this compound. Furfural is a heterocyclic aldehyde that is commonly used as a solvent in industry. It is readily absorbed into the body via the lungs and skin. Furfural is an irritant of the eyes, mucous membranes, and skin and is a central nervous system depressant. Furfural is a confirmed animal carcinogen with unknown relevance to humans (It has been suggested that is a substance that produces hepatic cirrhosis). 2-Furoic acid is also a biomarker for the consumption of beer.
Gas Chromatography (GC)
A random urine sample with no special preparation.
Mostly used in occupational health for toxic exposure testing.
Normally urine does not contain any 2-Furotic Acid. If results are positive then action should be taken.
The laboratory test results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario.
Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.
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