Management of Metallic Mercury Injection in the Hand


This case report discusses a patient who injected 20 mL of metallic mercury subcutaneously in his left hand during an attempted suicide. The blood mercury level was 118 μg/L and the urinary mercury level was 43 μg/L, which confirmed the diagnosis of metallic mercury poisoning. A good result was obtained in this patient and the local and systemic toxicity and its management are discussed. A chelation therapy with dimercaprol and early surgical excision of injected material are recommended  because this treatment effectively lowers mercury blood levels and controls the local inflammatory reaction. Intraoperative fluoroscopy is useful to confirm the extent of removal. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 15(3):177–180, 2006)

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C. Lamas, MD, PhD, I. Proubasta, MD, PhD, and J. Majo´ , MD, PhD