Which physical findings are pathognomonic for 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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Although no physical findings are pathognomonic for mercury toxicity, the constellation of gait ataxia, tremulousness, hearing loss, visual field constriction, dysarthria, and distal limb sensory loss, coupled with cognitive and emotional dysfunction, is suggestive. Perform a complete neurologic examination, including a detailed cerebellar examination. Perform a full visual field evaluation. (Hearing loss and visual field impairments more often occur with organic poisoning, as in Minamata disease.)


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