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Believe it or not--silver still poisons!
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12361115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
For centuries, silver has been endowed with therapeutic benefits. It is still used today as a "caustic" for superficial bleeding. Within 7days, we had 3 cases of "argyria" and then 2 more over the next month. The first 2 cases involved a husband and wife with a 3-y exposure to naturopathic hydrolyzed silver treatment. The third casewas a 37-y-old male in a state psychiatric facility noted to have darkly "discolored" skin probable obtained from herbal tea. The last 2 cases were a married couple into herbal medications who developed bluish discoloration of face and hands. Current cases due to "alternative medicine" may get worse as rumor reveals its popularity as prophylaxis against anthrax. The skin's grayish discoloration, made worse by sunlight, may persist for life.
K Hori; T G Martin; P Rainey; W O Robertson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Veterinary and human toxicology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0145-6296     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet Hum Toxicol     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-03     Completed Date:  2003-01-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7704194     Medline TA:  Vet Hum Toxicol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  291-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Washington Poison Center, Seattle 98125-8012, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Argyria / diagnosis*,  etiology
Complementary Therapies / adverse effects*
Skin Pigmentation / drug effects*

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