What are the possible outcomes of intentional self-poisoning with oral or injected inorganic mercury?

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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Intentional self-poisoning with oral or injected inorganic mercury has been described, with outcomes varying from coma and death despite heroic efforts [35] to surprisingly scant clinical sequelae in the setting of persistently elevated blood mercury levels 5 years after the attempt. [36]


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