Occupational metallic mercury poisoning in gilders

Vahabzadeh, M. and Balali-Mood, M. (2016) Occupational metallic mercury poisoning in gilders. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 7 (2). pp. 116-122.

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Occupational exposure to elemental mercury vapor usually occurs through inhalation during its utilizations. This leads to a variety of adverse health effects. In some Islamic cities, this type of poisoning may occur during gilding of shrines using elemental mercury with gold. Herein, we report on three male patients aged 20–53 years, who were diagnosed with occupational metallic mercury poisoning due to gilding of a shrine. All patients presented with neuro-psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, loss of memory and concentration, and sleep disorders with high urinary mercury concentrations of 326–760 μg/L upon referring, 3–10 days after cessation of elemental mercury exposure. Following chelating therapy, the patients recovered clinically and their mercury concentrations declined to non-toxic level (<25 μg/L). Health, environmental and labor authorities, as well as the gilders should be aware of the toxicity risk of exposure to metalic mercury during gilding in closed environments and act accordingly. © 2016, NIOC Health Organization. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :6 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Balali-Mood, M.; Medical Toxicology Research Center, Imam Reza HospitalIran; email: Balalimoodm@mums.ac.ir
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mercury Mercury compounds Mercury poisoning Nervous system Occupational exposure allicin chelating agent succimer adult amnesia anorexia anxiety Article case report concentration loss coughing depression diaphoresis diarrhea dysphasia dyspnea fever gilding human hyperreflexia inhalation insomnia malaise male mental disease mercurialism metallic taste middle aged occupational toxicology paint industry polyuria restlessness sleep disorder urinalysis weakness young adult adverse effects building industry exposure urine Chelating Agents Construction Industry Humans Inhalation Exposure
Subjects: WA Public Health
WB Practice of Medicine
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib4 lib4
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2020 05:30
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2020 05:30
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/13241

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