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Intoxication with 100 grams of mercury: a case report and importance of supportive therapy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11587474     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nearly everyone is at risk of acute and chronic toxic exposure to hazardous substances in the ambient environment. Morbidity and mortality following an overdose are reduced by intensive appropriate supportive therapy. A well-trained medical team is required for the administration of intensive clinical care, which includes enough equipment for monitoring the patient's status. In this paper we present a student who, after attending a dentist faculty, ingested 100 grams of pure inorganic mercury in order to commit suicide and was treated with forced diuresis, whole bowel irrigation, and D-penicillamine. The latter was found following 48 hours of therapy and only used for 4 days because of lack of availability of other antidotes for mercury in our city.
S Satar; N Toprak; Y Gokel; A Sebe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0969-9546     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2001 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-05     Completed Date:  2002-01-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9442482     Medline TA:  Eur J Emerg Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Emergency Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cukurova University, Balcali-Adana, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Antidotes / therapeutic use*
Chelating Agents / therapeutic use*
Gastric Lavage / methods*
Mercury Poisoning / drug therapy,  etiology*,  radiography,  therapy*
Penicillamine / therapeutic use*
Suicide, Attempted*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antidotes; 0/Chelating Agents; 52-67-5/Penicillamine

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