Mercury Poisoning A Diagnostic Challenge

TEZER H., Kaya A., Kalkan G., Erkocoglu M., Ozturk K., Buyuktasli M.

PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CARE, vol.28, no.11, pp.1236-1237, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/pec.0b013e31827208b0
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1236-1237
  • Keywords: mercury poisoning, chelation therapy, rash, respiratory distress, EXPOSURE
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Clinical features of mercury poisoning are nonspecific, and a detailed history is very valuable. The silvery, shiny appearance of mercury makes it very exciting and attractive for children. The overall half-life of elemental mercury in the body averages approximately 2 months. Chelation therapy with dimercaptosuccinic acid is the treatment of choice if the urine or blood level of mercury is high or the symptoms are profound. Here, we describe a 14-year-old boy with fever, respiratory distress, and body rash. Investigation leading to a diagnosis of mercury poisoning was made only after his mother presented with the similar symptoms a few days later.