Objective: Injury and poisoning from metallic mercury has become a rare event. Review of the literature and a rase report of pediatric metallic mercury injury are presented. Design: A case report. Setting: The Emergency Department at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Patients or participants: A 15- year-old boy. Interventions: None.Main outcome measures: None. Results: The 15-year-old boy fell on a broken mercury thermometer. A subcutaneous abscess formed on his left forearm during the next five days. He had no signs or symptoms of mercury toxicity. His wound was debrided in the operating room and healed completely after several months. Conclusions: This case shows elemental mercury from a thermometer as a potential, if unusual, source of mercury toxicity.
- Metallic mercury
- mercury toxicity
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Emergency Medicine