In a recent issue of The Journal there was an article,1 on the intravenous use of mercurochrome-220, soluble in septic cases. The reports were brilliant, but there was nothing said of any unpleasant effects from this form of treatment. I report two cases in which very pronounced salivation developed.
—E., a man, aged 21, entered the hospital in a critical condition, suffering with a bilateral lobar pneumonia. The temperature was 105 and he was delirious. We treated him several days without much change; as the fever remained high, we decided to give him some mercurochrome intravenously. The first dose was 10 c.c. of a 2 per cent. solution. In forty-eight hours this dose was repeated. Two days later the patient had a pronounced salivation, loose teeth, gums bleeding and pain. In about a week this condition cleared up. The patient recovered from the pneumonia, and developed an
Bunten JC. SALIVATION DUE TO INTRAVENOUS USE OF MERCUROCHROME. JAMA. 1924;82(18):1443. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.26520440003013c
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