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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-19

Chronic mercury poisoning: Report of two siblings

1 Department of Pediatric Neurology, Mustafa Kemal University Faculty of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey
2 Department of Pediatrics, Women's and Children's Hospital, Van, Turkey
3 Department of Pediatrics , Yüzüncü Yil University Faculty of Medicine, Van, Turkey
4 Department of Pediatric Neurology, Yüzüncü Yil University Faculty of Medicine, Van, Turkey
5 Department of Neonatology, Yüzüncü Yil University Faculty of Medicine, Van, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Mesut Okur
Department of Pediatrics, Women's and Children's Hospital, Van
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.64610

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Mercury exists as organic inorganic and elementary forms in nature and is one of the most toxic metals that are poisonous for human beings. Mercury is commonly used in many different sectors of industry such as in insects formulas, agriculture products, lamps, batteries, paper, dyes, electrical/electronic devices, jewelry, and in dentistry. In this study, two siblings (one a 7-year-old boy and the other a 13 years old girl) are reported who developed chronic mercury poisoning as a result of long-term contact with batteries. Our aim is to emphasize the importance of mercury poisoning that is extremely rarely seen in childhood.


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