Aplastic anemia and membranous nephropathy induced by intravenous mercury

Indian J Nephrol. 2012 Nov;22(6):451-4. doi: 10.4103/0971-4065.106040.


Self-injection of mercury can be life-threatening. We report a case of attempted suicide by self-intravenous injection of elemental mercury. The patient suffered from two side effects : membranous nephropathy and aplastic anemia. She was treated and the systemic effects of mercury were reversed after 4 years. The toxicology of mercury, mechanisms of renal and systemic toxicities, and the various therapeutic measures for mercury poisoning are discussed.

Keywords: Aplastic anemia; membranous nephropathy; mercury poisoning.

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