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Mercury, 24 hour urine

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code HGU
Test group Mercury
Performed by Quest
Sendout? Yes
Method Inductively-Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry
Patient Preparation The patient should not eat predatory fish such as tuna, swordfish and shark for at least 3 days prior to sample collection.
Collection Instructions Click here for detailed instructions for collecting samples for Trace Metals
Container type Acid washed 24 hour urine collection container

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Amount to Collect Entire 24 hour urine output
Sample type 24 hour urine collection
Preferred volume 10 mL urine
Min. Volume 5 mL urine
Processing notes Follow the detailed processing instructions for Trace Metal Analysis. Refrigerate. Order Quest # 7849N
Units µg/L (mcg/L)
Normal range
Normal ≥ 20 µg/L (Varies w/diet)
Toxic ≥ 150 µg/L
Critical value Quest Priority-1: ≥ 150 µg/L
Synonyms Hg; heavy metal toxicity; heavy metal poisoning; heavy metals
Turn around times Test run Tuesday-Saturday. Turnaround: 2-5 days.
Additional information To convert µg/L to µmol/L (SI units) multiply by 0.00499. Urine is the specimen of choice for exposure to inorganic mercury.
CPT coding 83825-90
LOINC code 21383-5
Last Updated 3/24/2013 7:50:52 PM
Entry Number 653

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