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January 1981

Acute Mercury Vapor Poisoning: Fatality in an Infant

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Drs Moutinho, Rowland, and Jackson), Nursing (Ms Tompkins), and Pathology (Dr Banson), Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass.

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(1):42-44. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130250030010

• A 7-month-old girl succumbed to respiratory failure following exposure to high-density mercury vapor produced by heating of the metal in the home. Her course typified inhalation mercury toxic reaction, which in its focus on pulmonary damage creates a clinical picture distinct from that of chronic and oral mercury poisoning.

(Am J Dis Child 135:42-44, 1981)

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