What is the role of surgery in the treatment 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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Surgery does not have a role in the treatment of Minamata disease; however, in other forms of mercury exposure, surgical intervention is sometimes warranted. Surgery occasionally has been employed to remove ingested mercury that has become lodged in the intestine or colon. [90]

Surgical removal of subcutaneous deposits of self-injected elemental mercury has also been described. [91] Early, definitive surgical excisions of the mercury deposits resulted in good outcomes with minimal toxicity.


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