Mercury - Kelmer test
|Test Details for Ordering|
|Test||Mercury - Kelmer test|
|Laboratory||Biolab Medical Unit|
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This test is used to assess the body's burden of mercury by measuring urine mercury levels before and 2.5 hours after the patient takes the chelating agent DMSA (Kelmer).
2 urine samples, 1 collected before taking the chelating DMSA capsules and the second collected 2.5 hours after.
2 urine sample containers, request form (Biolab Medical Unit), addressed envelope, DMSA capsules (number calculated based on your body weight).
Test kits are provided on an individual basis ensuring the correct weight-related dose of DMSA. When ordering this test, please give your weight in stones or kilograms in the "diagnosis" box.
The kit will be sent to you from my office and will include the DMSA capsules. Please, note that there will be an additional charge for the DMSA capsules and an invoice will be enclosed with the test kit. The approximate cost of the DMSA capsules is between 9GBP and 20GBP and depends on the number of capsules you need.
Collect an early morning urine sample (Sample 1), then take the kelmer capsules immediately afterwards. At the end of a timed 2.5 hour period make a second urine collection (sample 2), discarding any urine produced in-between. Label the sample containers with your name and date of birth. Check your details on the request form and make sure the form is enclosed with the samples. Send the two samples to Biolab without delay using the packaging material provided.
Please, ensure that the samples get to the laboratory Tuesday to Friday. Do not post them on a Friday or Saturday.
- Please note that there is an additional interpretation fee for my letter to your GP. See Ordering Tests for more details.