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

Aplastic anemia and membranous nephropathy induced by intravenous mercury.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi, Kerala, India.


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.


Aplastic anemia; membranous nephropathy; mercury poisoning

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