What is the blood-to-plasma ratio following high exposure to inorganic mercury salts?

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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Following high exposure to inorganic mercury salts, the blood-to-plasma ratio ranges from a high of 2:1 to 1:1. Paraesthesias are expected if blood mercury levels are higher than 20 mcg/dL.


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