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Acute mercury poisoning: A case report

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dc.contributor.author Sarikaya, S.
dc.contributor.author Karcioglu, O.
dc.contributor.author Ay, D.
dc.contributor.author Cetin, A.
dc.contributor.author Aktas, C.
dc.contributor.author Serinken, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-16T12:07:21Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-16T12:07:21Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.issn 1471227X (ISSN)
dc.identifier.uri http://acikerisim.pau.edu.tr:8080/xmlui/handle/11499/6439
dc.description.abstract Background: Mercury poisoning can occur as a result of occupational hazard or suicide attempt. This article presents a 36-year-old case admitted to emergency department (ED) due to exposure to metallic mercury.Case Presentati{dotless}on: A 36-year-old woman presented to the ED with a three-day history of abdominal pain, diarrhea and fever. One week ago her daughter had brought mercury in the liquid form from the school. She had put it on the heating stove. One day later, her 14-month old sister baby got fever and died before admission to the hospital. Her blood pressure was 134/87 mmHg; temperature, 40.2°C; heart rate 105 bpm and regular; respiration, 18 bpm; O2saturation, 96%. Nothing was remarkable on examination and routine laboratory tests. As serine or urinary mercury levels could not be tested in the city, symptomatic chelation treatment with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) was instituted with regard to presumptive diagnosis and history. At the 7thday of admission she was discharged without any sequelae or complaint. At the discharge day blood was drawn and sent for mercury levels which turned out to be 30 μg/dL (normal range: 0 - 10 μg/dL).Conclusion: Public education on poisoning and the potential hazards of mercury are of vital importance for community health. © 2010 Sarikaya et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
dc.language.iso English
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1186/1471-227X-10-7
dc.subject acetylcysteine
dc.subject mercury
dc.subject oxygen
dc.subject paracetamol
dc.subject serine
dc.subject abdominal pain
dc.subject adult
dc.subject anamnesis
dc.subject article
dc.subject blood level
dc.subject blood pressure measurement
dc.subject breathing rate
dc.subject case report
dc.subject chelation therapy
dc.subject diarrhea
dc.subject female
dc.subject fever
dc.subject heart rate
dc.subject hospital admission
dc.subject hospital discharge
dc.subject human
dc.subject laboratory test
dc.subject mercurialism
dc.subject oxygen saturation
dc.subject temperature measurement
dc.subject urine level
dc.subject blood
dc.subject breast feeding
dc.subject chemically induced disorder
dc.subject environmental exposure
dc.subject exposure
dc.subject fatality
dc.subject gastrointestinal disease
dc.subject infant
dc.subject methodology
dc.subject treatment outcome
dc.subject Adult
dc.subject Breast Feeding
dc.subject Chelation Therapy
dc.subject Environmental Exposure
dc.subject Fatal Outcome
dc.subject Female
dc.subject Gastrointestinal Diseases
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Infant
dc.subject Inhalation Exposure
dc.subject Mercury
dc.subject Mercury Poisoning
dc.subject Treatment Outcome
dc.title Acute mercury poisoning: A case report
dc.type Article
dc.relation.journal BMC Emergency Medicine
dc.identifier.volume 10
dc.identifier.index Scopus


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