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Detecting mercury toxicity
The correlation between the levels of mercury (Hg) excretion in the urine and the clinical symptoms is considered poor. However, urinary Hg is the most reliable way to assess exposure to inorganic Hg.
For additional information, see HG / Mercury, Blood.
0-15 years: not established
> or =16 years: 0-9 mcg/specimen
Toxic concentration: >50 mcg/specimen
The concentration at which toxicity is expressed is widely variable between patients. 50 mcg/specimen is the lowest concentration at which toxicity is usually apparent.
Daily urine excretion of mercury >50 mcg/day indicates significant exposure (per World Health Organization standard).
To avoid contamination by dust, specimen should be collected away from the site of suspected exposure.
High concentrations of gadolinium and iodine are known to interfere with most metals tests. If either gadolinium or iodine-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.
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