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Overview Brief

Mercury test, also known as Hg test is done to detect the amount of mercury in the blood.

What is Mercury?

Mercury is a non-essential metal in the human body which is very toxic to our nervous system.

Mercury test is done to examine the amounts of mercury present in the body.

Mercury is a naturally occurring metal and mercury test is done to determine if the body is eliminating more amounts of mercury.

Why is mercury suggested?

Your healthcare provider might suggest your mercury test if you have the following symptoms:

  • Prolonged Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty in urinating
  • Burning in the mouth and lungs
  • Breathing problems
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Hearing problems
  • Blurry vision
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Tiredness

Your healthcare provider might suggest this test if you work in an industry that uses mercury.

How is mercury performed?

A blood sample or urine sample is taken to gauge the levels of mercury in the body. Hair or nail testing may also be done.

What are the parameters measured in mercury?

Level of mercury concentration in each organ tissues.

Preparation before performing mercury

There are no special preparations required for mercury test. However, you should inform your healthcare provider about the medications or supplements you are taking.

Post-care after mercury

You may resume your normal routine after the mercury test.

Sample types in mercury

A blood sample or urine sample is taken to examine the levels of mercury in the body. Hair, nails, and breast milk may also be used as a sample to cinduct this test.

Side effects/risks of mercury

A needle is used to draw blood in the mercury test and it carries risks such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Bruising
  • Slight pain

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