Mercury, Blood, ARUP #99305, EPIC: LAB6097, SOFT: XHG
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).
Specimen Collection Criteria
Collect: One Royal Blue-top EDTA tube.
Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation
Do not centrifuge or freeze. Maintain whole blood at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) prior to transport.
Preparation for Courier Transport
Transport: 7.0 mL whole blood, at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F). (Min: 1.0 mL)
- Clotted specimens.
- Frozen specimens.
- Specimens not collected or processed as indicated.
Specimen Stability for Testing:
Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 7 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable
Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:
Specimen retention time is determined by the policy of the reference laboratory. Contact the Sendout Laboratory with any questions.
Sent to ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT.
Sunday - Saturday.
Results available in 2-4 days.
Quantitative Atomic Absorption/Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry.
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.
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.
This assay is used to detect mercury toxicity.
ARUP #99305, EPIC: LAB6097, SOFT: XHG
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