What is the prognosis of 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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Recovery from mercury poisoning is variable. Acute fulminant intoxication with methylmercury resulted in coma and death in the Minamata catastrophe. Delayed toxicity can also occur, as in a fatal case in which symptoms developed only several months following absorption of dimethylmercury through the skin. [47] Mercury vapors also can result in acute neurologic and generalized symptoms.


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