• Test Code - PL0740
  • Test Name - Mercury Urine and Blood
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Test Details & Preparation

  • Mercury Urine and Blood testing is done to detect excessive exposure to mercury.

  • Mercury Urine and Blood testing is performed when you have signs and symptoms of mercury poisoning or have been exposed to mercury to monitor occupational exposure to mercury.

  • A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or a urine collection for Mercury Urine and Blood testing.

  • No test preparation is required for Mercury Urine and Blood testing.

  • Levels of mercury in blood and urine are normally very low. A test result showing no mercury or a low level indicates that it is likely that the person tested has not been exposed to excessive levels of mercury, at least not in the window of time that the test is measuring.

  • An increased blood level suggests a relatively recent exposure to mercury. In general, a blood level greater than 10 mcg/L indicates an unusual level of exposure for someone who does not regularly work with mercury.

  • In contrast to levels of mercury in the blood, a 24-hour urine sample gives more of an average past history of exposure to metallic or inorganic mercury.

  • Levels of mercury in either the blood or urine will not indicate the form or quantity of mercury to which a person was exposed.

  • An increased level of mercury in hair testing may indicate exposure to increased levels of methyl mercury, but hair samples are rarely used because of issues involving testing standardization, sample contamination, and the fact that hair is subject to many pre-analytical variables.

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