Laboratory Test Detail

Last Updated: September 29, 2020 @ 9:13 am


Mercury, Blood

  • One Royal Blue (EDTA)
  • 6 mL (Min:0.5 mL) Whole blood in Royal Blue (EDTA). Submit Ambient.
Special Handling:
  • Specimen Preparation: Transport 7 mL whole blood in the original collection tube. (Min: 1 mL)

    Patient Prep: Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patient should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician), and avoid shellfish and seafood for 48 to 72 hours.

    Stability (collection to initiation of testing): Mercury is volatile; concentration may reduce after seven or more days of storage.
Rejection Criteria:
  • Clotted Specimen
  • Heparinized specimens
  • Specimen submitted frozen
  • Specimens collected in tubes other than Royal Blue (EDTA).
    Specimens transported in containers other than Royal Blue (EDTA) or Trace Element-Free transport tubes.
Stability:Ambient: 1 Week(s); Refrigerated: 1 Week(s); Frozen: Unacceptable; Incubated: Unacceptable
  • Quantitative Atomic Absorption
  • Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry
Reported:2-4 Day(s)
CPT Codes:
  • 83825
  • 93370 - MERCURY, BLOOD
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