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[Subcutaneous injection of metallic mercury. The importance of early removal].

Authors
  • Quinteros, Hernán1
  • Payaslián, Silvio2
  • Oriolo, Marcela2
  • San Martín, Claudia2
  • Yetman, María Marta2
  • Vissio, Soledad2
  • 1 Servicio de Clínica Médica, Clínica Zabala, Buenos Aires, Argentina. E-mail: [email protected] , (Argentina)
  • 2 Servicio de Clínica Médica, Clínica Zabala, Buenos Aires, Argentina. , (Argentina)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medicina
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Volume
78
Issue
3
Pages
197–198
Identifiers
PMID: 29940547
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
Spanish
License
Unknown

Abstract

Accidental or intentional subcutaneous or intramuscular injection of metallic mercury is an uncommon form of intoxication. We present the case of a 22 year-old man, who had psychotic disorders and autoaggressive behavior, with a preceding history of self-injection of mercury into the soft tissues of the neck, thorax and abdomen. Clinical examination, radiographs, and computed tomography showed the affected area. Mercury was measured in blood and urine. The mercury was surgically resected from the affected areas. Early detection and removal of mercury from the body by physical removal or chelation is required to prevent short- and long-term toxicity.

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