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Mercury Poisoning

Mercury Poisoning is a topic covered in the 5-Minute Emergency Consult.

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Basics

Description

Mercury:
  • 3 forms: Elemental, inorganic salts, and organic
  • Reacts with sulfhydryl groups, causing enzyme inhibition and alterations in cellular membranes
  • Binds to phosphoryl, carboxyl, amide, and amine groups of enzymes

Etiology

  • Exposure is usually through the GI tract and inhalation and less frequently dermal exposure.
  • Exposure through manufacturing of chlorine and caustic soda, diuretics, antibacterial agents, antiseptics, thermometers, batteries, fossil fuels, plastics, paints, jewelry, lamps, explosives, fireworks, vinyl chloride, and pigments
  • Exposure through taxidermy, photography, dentistry, mercury mining
  • Contaminated seafood

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Citation

Rosen, Peter, et al., editors. "Mercury Poisoning." 5-Minute Emergency Consult, 5th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2016. Emergency Central, emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307079/all/Mercury_Poisoning.
Mercury Poisoning. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, et al, eds. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307079/all/Mercury_Poisoning. Accessed April 25, 2019.
Mercury Poisoning. (2016). In Rosen, P., Shayne, P., Barkin, A. Z., Wolfe, R. E., Hayden, S. R., Barkin, R. M., & Schaider, J. J. (Eds.), 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Available from https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307079/all/Mercury_Poisoning
Mercury Poisoning [Internet]. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, Wolfe RE, Hayden SR, Barkin RM, Schaider JJ, editors. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. [cited 2019 April 25]. Available from: https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307079/all/Mercury_Poisoning.
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