3 forms: Elemental, inorganic salts, and organic
Reacts with sulfhydryl groups, causing enzyme inhibition and alterations in cellular membranes
Binds to phosphoryl, carboxyl, ...
Naturally occurring mercury is converted into 3 primary forms, each with its toxicologic effects:
Symptoms from inhalation occur within hours:
Cough and dys...
Remove from toxin exposure.
Wash exposed skin.
For altered mental status:
Secure ABCs and monitor...
Any evidence of respiratory compromise
Ingestion of inorganic mercury salt that may lead to a caustic GI injury
Obtain a good history for workplace, environmental or accidental exposure in patients with gastrointestinal and/or neuropsychiatric complaints.
Monitor patients for at least 6 hr if...
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961.2 Poisoning by heavy metal anti-infectives
976.0 Poisoning by local anti-infectives and anti-inflammatory drugs
985.0 Toxic effect of mercury and its compounds
974.0 Poisoning by mercurial ...
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