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Mercury Blood Test

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Test used to detect the presence of an excessive amount of mercury.

Test #085324


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Also Known As Hg, Blood
Preparation Patient should avoid seafood and red wine 72 hours prior to collection. For industrial exposure monitoring the collection should be done at the end of the work week or after 4-5 consecutive days of exposure.
Test Results 2-3 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

The mercury blood test is used to detect an excess of mercury. It is ordered to determine if there has been an acute or chronic exposure to high levels of mercury. Specifically, the mercury blood test detects the level of methyl mercury in the blood. Other types of mercury, including metallic and inorganic mercury, are detectable in the blood. According to the Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the amount of these types present in the blood decreases by half about every three days as mercury moves from organ to organ through the blood.

The mercury blood test is generally ordered when a patient exhibits either acute or chronic symptoms.

Acute symptoms include:

  • Burning in the mouth and lungs

  • Coughing and difficulty breathing

  • Decreased urine volume

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

  • Increased heart rate 

Chronic symptoms include:

  • Problems with hearing, tasting, and smelling

  • Blurry vision and tunnel vision

  • Tingling or shaking of the arms or legs

  • Difficulty walking

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