Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnosis 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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Conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of mercury toxicity include the following:

  • Adverse effects of therapeutic medication (eg, lithium, theophylline, phenytoin)

  • Alzheimer disease

  • Cerebellar degenerative disease or tumor

  • Delayed neuropsychiatric sequela of carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Ethanol or sedative hypnotic drug withdrawal

  • Lacunar infarction

  • Metabolic encephalopathy

  • Parkinson disease

  • Senile dementia


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