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Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that can cause damage to the nervous system, brain, kidneys, lungs and block the blood vessels. It can also result in many diseases such as acrodynia, Hunter-Russell syndroms and Minamata disease.
Symptoms of mercury poisoning include sensory impairment, disturbed and lack of coordination.
Exposure to mercury can occur from eating fish, having certain dental filings, breathing contaminated air and in industries that burn coal as well as gold, cement, pig iron, steel and battery production.
The Mercury Blood Test measures exposure to all three types of mercury, but because mercury remains in the bloodstream for only a few days after exposure, the test must be done soon after exposure. This test can be influenced by eating fish, because fish (particularly certain deep sea fish) may contain mercury.
The Urine Mercury Test only measures exposure to elemental and inorganic mercury. Organic mercury is not passed out the body in the urine and thus cannot be measured this way. A person with no exposure to mercury would probably have a urine mercury to creatinine ratio of less than 20 umol/mol.
This test is for anyone who is worried about mercury exposure either from the workplace, environment or from certain dental fillings.
It is also for employers required to carry out biological monitoring for workers potentially exposed to mercury.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your urine sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Creatinine is a chemical waste molecule that is generated from muscle metabolism. Measurement of this is an indicator of the levels of other waste products in the body. Creatinine is an accurate marker of kidney function.
Elevated creatinine can be caused by high intake of animal protein, taking creatine supplements and vigorous exercise but can also indicate that the kidneys are not working properly.
Low creatinine can be caused by a low protein diet, reduced muscle mass or sometime that the kidneys are simply functioning efficiently.
We will send you your Mercury (urine) urine test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your urine sample in the comfort of your own home.
Your Mercury (urine) test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your urine sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your urine sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your urine sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range urine test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Mercury (urine) test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Mercury (urine) test results.
Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.