This test checks the urine for the presence of phencyclidine.
Phencyclidine (PCP) or Angel dust (Angel Dust, Hog), is a highly addictive, illegal, hallucinogenic drug designed as an anesthetic and sedative for veterinary use. It causes euphoria due to the accelerated metabolism of the body. Phencyclidine is available in powder or capsule form and can be taken orally, by injection or by inhalation. It is excreted by the kidneys and is detectable in the urine.
Symptoms of Phencyclidine use are:
- Stage I. Psychiatric signs: dizziness or euphoria with potential disorder, muscle spasms, fever, tachycardia, hot flashes, sweating, salivation, nausea and vomiting
- Stage II. Lethargy, post-stimulation-specific convulsions, hallucinations, progressive increase in heart rate, fever and blood pressure. CNS stimulation or depression can occur
- Stage III. Increase in heart rate and metabolism progressively leads to heart and respiratory failure
Phencyclidine is detected in the urine 2-5 hours after use and the detection period ranges from a few days to 2-4 weeks, depending on the frequency of use (sporadic, frequent or chronic use).
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. Correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".
Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
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