What is the role of mercury quantification in the workup of mercury toxicity?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: David A Olson, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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In most laboratories, mercury quantification is not performed on a routine basis; therefore, contact the laboratory to verify the specific collection and precautionary protocols before blood and urinary samples are collected. Reserve neuroimaging and electrophysiologic testing for selected cases. Consider pregnancy tests in women of childbearing age.


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