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J Pediatr. 1993 Feb;122(2):252-3.

Acute mercury poisoning (acrodynia) mimicking pheochromocytoma in an adolescent.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Abstract

A 14-year-old boy was seen because of irritability, insomnia, lethargy, and profuse sweating, together with hypertension (blood pressure: 160/120 mm Hg), tachycardia, and a diffuse erythematous rash with desquamation of the palms and soles. Initial biochemical investigation suggested a diagnosis of pheochromocytoma, but subsequently a history of exposure to mercury vapor was obtained. This case emphasizes the clinical and biochemical similarities between mercury poisoning (acrodynia) and pheochromocytoma.

PMID:
8429442
DOI:
10.1016/s0022-3476(06)80125-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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