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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 147-149
Elemental mercury poisoning caused by subcutaneous and intravenous injection: An unusual self-injury


Department of Radiodiagnosis, G.R. Medical College, Gwalior, India

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Shairy Garg
Department of Radiodiagnosis, G.R. Medical College, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.63056

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Elemental mercury poisoning most commonly occurs through vapor inhalation as mercury is well absorbed through the lungs. Administering subcutaneous and intravenous elemental mercury is very uncommon but with only a few isolated case reports in the literature. We present an unusual case of elemental mercury poisoning in a 20-year-old young male who presented with chest pain, fever, and hemoptysis. He had injected himself subcutaneously with elemental mercury obtained from a sphygmomanometer. The typical radiographic findings in the chest, forearm, and abdomen are discussed, with a review of the literature.


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