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Mercury, urine, random

Lab Section:  Sendout Reference  
Lab Location:  Sendout
Reference Lab: ARUP 
Test ID: LAB3243 
Methodology: Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry
Schedule: Daily
Reported: 7 days
Specimen Requirements:  Collection: 10.0 mL Urine in a Yellow Top Tube - Urine.
Pediatric volume: 2 mL.
24-hour or random urine collection. Specimen must be collected in a plastic container. ARUP studies indicate that refrigeration of urine alone, during and after collection, preserves specimens adequately, if tested within 14 days of collection.
Transport: Refrigerated. Also acceptable: Room temperature or frozen.
Handling: Transfer an 8 mL aliquot from a well-mixed collection to ARUP Trace Element-Free Transport Tubes (ARUP supply #43116)..
Unacceptable conditions: Urine collected within 48 hours after administration of a gadolinium (Gd) containing contrast media (may occur with MRI studies). Acid preserved urine. Specimens contaminated with blood or fecal material. Specimens transported in non-trace element free transport tube (with the exception of the original device).
Stability: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year


Clinical Indications: May be useful in the assessment of acute or chronic elemental or inorganic mercury exposure and/or in monitoring chelation therapy. For the assessment of acute exposure, Mercury, Whole Blood (0099305) is preferred.

Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patients should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician). High concentrations of iodine may interfere with elemental testing. Abstinence from iodine-containing medications or contrast agents for at least 1 month prior to collecting specimens for elemental testing is recommended.

Reference Interval:  See patient report or consult reference laboratory website.
CPT Code(s): 83825
Last Changed: 12/27/2016 00:45:35
Last Reviewed: 12/27/2016 00:45:41