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|85800:MERCURY (Hg), WHOLE BLOOD|
|Methodology:||Atomic Absorption/Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)|
|Released:||1-4 days after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab.|
|Specimen Collection Details|
|Collection:||One 6 mL navy blue top tube (EDTA).|
|Handling:||Submit whole blood in original tube.|
|Stability:||Specimen received ambient is preferred, refrigerated specimen is acceptable. Mercury is volatile; concentration may reduce after 7 or more days in storage.|
|Standard Volume:||6 mL EDTA whole blood.|
|Minimum Volume:||0.5 mL EDTA whole blood.|
|Rejection Criteria:||Specimen receeived in heparin anticoagulant.|
This test measures total mercury, whereas the reference interval relates to inorganic mercury concentrations. Dietary and non-occupational exposure to organic mercury species may contribute to an elevated total mercury result.
NOTE: Elevated results from noncertified trace element-free collection tubes may be due to contamination. Elevated concentrations of trace elements in blood should be confirmed with a second specimen collected in a tube designed for trace element determinations, such as a royal blue (Na2EDTA) tube.