What is the role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) measurement 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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Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) mercury concentrations have been measured with mass spectroscopy, and normal values vary widely. Nevertheless, increased CSF mercury levels have been found in workers with ongoing exposure to mercury vapors, but these CSF levels, unlike blood levels, normalize several months after such exposures have abated. [83]


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