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Why It Is Done

• Monitor exposure to arsenic, lead and mercury
• Symptoms of arsenic, lead and mercury poisoning
• To evaluate a known exposure to arsenic, lead and mercury

Test Overview

This test measures the amount of mercury and lead present in blood, urine, or (rarely) hair to detect acute or chronic excessive exposure.

Mercury is an element that exists in three forms: as a free metal (liquid or vapor), an inorganic compound (mercury salt), and as a variety of organic compounds (the most common of which is methyl mercury).

Lead is a soft metal present in the environment. When it is inhaled or ingested, lead can cause damage to the brain, organs, and nervous system.

How To Prepare

Patient should avoid seafood and red wine 72 hours prior to collection