What is the role of chelating agents 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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Use chelating agents if the patient is symptomatic, if systemic absorption is anticipated, or if increased blood or urinary mercury levels are present. Chelating agents contain thiol groups, which compete with endogenous sulfhydryl groups.


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