Mercury inhalation poisoning and acute lung injury.

H. E. Lim, J. J. Shim, S. Y. Lee, S. H. Lee, S. Y. Kang, J. Y. Jo, K. H. In, H. G. Kim, S. H. Yoo, K. H. Kang

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    Acute mercury inhalation poisoning is a rare cause of acute lung injury. It is usually fatal because of progressive pulmonary failure. We experienced a patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) after illicit use of mercury vapor for hemorrhoid treatment; he developed acute chemical pneumonitis following exposure to mercury vapor. Prompt treatment with corticosteroids and penicillamine for acute chemical pneumonitis was instituted; radiologic pulmonary infiltrates disappeared within a week, but late phase neurologic sequelae and pulmonary interstitial fibrosis progressed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)127-130
    Number of pages4
    JournalThe Korean journal of internal medicine
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jul

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Internal Medicine


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