Mercury self-poisoning. Case report

Marieta Yovcheva, Petko Marinov, Snezha Zlateva, Georgi Bonchev, Ivaylo Vazharov
2017 Scripta Scientifica Pharmaceutica  
A clinical case of a self-poisoning with single ingestion of 40-45 mL of alleged metal mercury with suicidal purpose, by a 50-year-old man, is described. On the following day he was admitted to the Toxicology Clinic with symptoms of nausea, strong abdominal colic, diarrhea, and feces with macroscopic admixture of mercury drops. At the inspection of the residue of the substance, an unusual black-grey color on its surface was noted. Later, mercurous oxide was proven by chemical analysis. No toxic
more » ... analysis. No toxic symptoms of the central nervous system, respiratory system or kidneys were observed. X-rays of the abdomen were performed and tracked dynamically: the first one showed numerous round shadows with metal density along the whole colon, the second -after 5 days -showed reduced number of similar shadows only in the distant colon, and the third Xray on the 9 th day was normal. Mercury was discovered in the blood: 0.250 µmol L -1 on the fourth day after the ingestion and 0.120 µmol L -1 -on the tenth day. Some therapeutic problems of acute mercury intoxication of present interest are discussed.
doi:10.14748/ssp.v4i1.2181 fatcat:u3khix5oprb3fpujiv3th4n5h4