What are the sources of elemental mercury toxicity?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: David A Olson, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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Causes of elemental mercury toxicity include the following:

  • Thermometers

  • Barometers

  • Batteries

  • Bronzing

  • Calibration instruments

  • Chlor-alkali production

  • Dental amalgams

  • Electroplating

  • Ethnomedical practices

  • Fingerprinting products

  • Fluorescent and mercury lamps

  • Infrared detectors

  • Jewelry industry

  • Manometers

  • Neon lamps

  • Paints

  • Paper pulp production

  • Photography

  • Silver and gold production

  • Semiconductor cells


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