Mercury, Blood

CPT Code: 83825
Order Code: 636
ABN Requirement: No
Synonyms: Hg
Specimen: Whole Blood
Volume:  4.0 mL
Minimum Volume:  2.0 mL
Container:

Preferred:

-Royal Blue Top (EDTA) tube

Alternative:

– Royal Blue Top (Sodium Heparin) tube

Collection:

  1. Draw and gently invert 8 to 10 times.
  2. Label tube with patient information.
  3. Store collection tube refrigerated at 2-8°C until ready to ship.

Collection Instructions: Carefully clean skin before venipuncture. Avoid worksite collection.

Note: Tests performed on a specimen submitted in a non-trace element tube may not accurately reflect the patient’s level. If a non-trace element tube is received, it will be accepted for testing. However, elevated results shall be reported with a message that a re-submission with a trace element tube is recommended.

Patient Preparation: Avoid seafood consumption for 48 hours prior to sample collection.

Transport: Store whole blood tube at 2-8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions included with the provided shipping box.

Stability:

Ambient (15-25°C): 5 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C):
7 days
Frozen (-20°C):
Not Acceptable

Causes for Rejection: Improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits; clotted specimen

Methodology: Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

Turn Around Time: 2 to 3 days

Reference Range:

Age mcg/L
All Ages ≤10

Clinical Significance: Mercury, a highly toxic metal, is present in select industrial environments and in contaminated ocean fish.

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