How can mercury toxicity be misdiagnosed?

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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Mercury poisoning can be misdiagnosed because of the insidious onset and nonspecific signs and symptoms. Without a complete history, mercury toxicity, especially in elderly individuals, can be misdiagnosed as Parkinson disease, senile dementia, metabolic encephalopathy, depression, or Alzheimer disease.

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