Psychiatric Manifestations of Mercury Poisoning

GWEN E. FAGALA, CINDY L. WIGG

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Abstract

Mercury and its compounds are toxic substances that are widely used in industry and agriculture. Mercury poisoning is an uncommon but important clinical entity that often presents with psychiatric disturbances as a prominent part of the clinical picture. In this paper, a case of mercury poisoning in a 12-year-old girl with prominent psychiatric manifestations is presented. Relevant literature concerning the psychiatric manifestations of mercury poisoning is discussed. The importance of considering mercury poisoning, and toxic conditions in general, in the differential diagnosis of psychiatric disorders is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-311
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • mercury poisoning
  • organic mental disorders
  • toxicology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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