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Mercury 24 Hour Urine

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Mercury 24 Hour Urine

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What is this test?

Mercury, a highly toxic metal, is present in select industrial environments and in contaminated ocean fish. Urinary measurements are appropriate for assessing ongoing exposure to inorganic mercury. The correlation between the levels of mercury (Hg) excretion in the urine and the clinical symptoms is considered poor. However, urinary Hg is the most reliable way to assess exposure to inorganic Hg. The clinical indications for Mercury Testing include - Symptoms of acute mercury poisoning, such as - Burning sensation in the mouth and lungs, Difficulty breathing, fast heartbeat, Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, Decrease in urine production. Symptoms of long-term exposure to mercury, such as - Problems with vision, hearing, smell and taste, Mood disturbances, Tremors and difficulty walking, Monitoring individuals with occupational exposure to mercury, or such other hazardous materials.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for Mercury 24 Hour Urine. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Mercury 24 Hour Urine. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

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UNISEXAll age groups0 - 9 mcg/specimen
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