Pulmonary embolism associated with self-administration of mercury

Hum Toxicol. 1986 Jul;5(4):287-9. doi: 10.1177/096032718600500415.


We report the case of a young female patient presenting with a clinical picture of pulmonary embolism, in whom widespread deposits of metallic mercury were demonstrated throughout both lungs and in a lesion on the wrist. These resulted from intravenous injection of mercury by the patient in a suicide attempt.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mercury / metabolism
  • Mercury Poisoning / complications*
  • Pulmonary Embolism / chemically induced*
  • Suicide, Attempted


  • Mercury