Neurobehavioral sequelae of subcutaneous injection with metallic mercury

J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1986;24(2):91-110. doi: 10.3109/15563658608990450.

Abstract

A 19 year old, white male, with nine years of education, attempted suicide by injection of metallic mercury (Hg) into the left forearm. CT scan findings suggesting mercury infiltration of the brain and results from urinalysis indicated clinically high levels of Hg excretion. Premorbid cognitive history was essentially normal, yet comprehensive neuropsychological assessment revealed significant impairment of higher cortical functioning beyond those expected of a moderately to severely disturbed psychiatric patient. Neuropsychological test results appear to offer a more sensitive, quantitative assessment of heavy metal toxicity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / metabolism
  • Adult
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / metabolism
  • Cognition Disorders / chemically induced*
  • Forearm / diagnostic imaging
  • Forearm / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Injections, Subcutaneous
  • Leg / diagnostic imaging
  • Leg / metabolism
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mercury / metabolism
  • Mercury Poisoning / complications
  • Mercury Poisoning / diagnostic imaging
  • Mercury Poisoning / psychology*
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Radiography, Abdominal
  • Suicide, Attempted

Substances

  • Mercury