If a person is symptomatic and suspects that they have been poisoned by mercury they should contact their physician or local poison control center immediately. Blood and urine tests can be done to help diagnose mercury poisoning. Any test resulting in concentration of mercury over 10µg/L (micrograms/liter) in blood or 20µg/L in urine can indicate toxic levels of exposure. For best results, the patient should not eat fish five days prior to being tested. Doctors may also order a Complete Blood Count (CBC), an MRI scans, or x-rays to better help diagnose mercury poisoning. The quicker a patient is diagnosed, the faster treatment can be started. Don't wait. The United States National Poison Control Center can be reached at 1-800-222-1222 or visit their website at http://www.aapcc.org/. You can also find your local poison control center by visiting http://www.safekids.org/guide/find-your-local-poison-control-center.
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