As one goes through the literature on mercuric chloride poisoning, one is struck with the comparatively few patients who have survived massive doses of the drug. For this reason we report this case because in some respects, which will be brought out, we believe it to be unique.
The literature is so vast that to attempt to review it would be beyond the scope of our intentions. However, in preparing this report, we have scanned the literature on the subject and find few, if any, cases reported in which the patient has taken as large an amount of the poison and retained it as long as our patient did and recovered.
Hayman and Priestly1 reported a case in which the blood urea nitrogen reached 247 mg. on the nineteenth day of treatment and on infusion of physiologic solution of sodium chloride the urea nitrogen was reduced to 83 mg.
Marchbanks HE, Smith CH, Church HL. MERCURIC CHLORIDE POISONING WITH RECOVERY FOLLOWING THE USE OF SODIUM THIOSULPHATE. JAMA. 1931;96(8):611–612. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.27220340001009a
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