What is included in the initial supportive care 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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Supportive care begins with the ABCs, especially when managing the inhalation of elemental mercury and the ingestion of caustic inorganic mercury, both of which may cause the onset of airway obstruction and respiratory failure. The next step in supportive care is the removal of contaminated clothing and copious irrigation of exposed skin. Aggressive hydration may be required for acute inorganic mercury poisoning because of its caustic properties. Do not induce emesis if the compound ingested is of the caustic inorganic form.


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