Mercury, Blood : 636

Test Code
HGBLD or 636

Alias/See Also
Hg (Mercury,Blood)

CPT Codes

Avoid seafood consumption for 48 hours prior to sample collection. Avoid worksite collection.

Carefully clean skin prior to venipuncture. Royal blue (EDTA)(Available from Client Services supply #16313).

Transport Container
Transport 4 mL whole blood in the original collection tube. (Min: 2 mL)

Transport Temperature

Specimen Stability
Ambient: 5 days; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Clotted specimen.

Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
1-4 days (From receipt at performing laboratory)

If a non-trace element tube/container is received, it will be accepted for testing. However, elevated results shall be reported with a message that a re-submission with a trace element tube/container is recommended.

Reference Range
less than 11 mcg/L

Clinical Significance
Mercury, a highly toxic metal, is present in select industrial environments and in contaminated ocean fish.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.