What are the acute signs and symptoms of inhaled exposure to elemental 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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Acute exposure caused by inhaled elemental mercury can lead to pulmonary symptoms. Initial signs and symptoms, such as fever, chills, shortness of breath, metallic taste, and pleuritic chest pain. Other possible symptoms include stomatitis, lethargy, confusion, and vomiting. In addition, elemental mercury can also be injected, causing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.


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