Post-mortem CT findings following intentional ingestion of mercuric chloride

Morio Iino, Christopher J. O'Donnell, Michael P. Burke

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Abstract

Mercury is known to be associated with both acute and chronic poisoning. A 36-year-old man intentionally ingested mercuric chloride (HgCl2) and died within 24 h. Post-mortem CT images showed oral, esophageal and gastric wall hyperdense "staining". On toxicological analysis, the blood concentration of mercury was measured at 25.5 mg/L; a figure far higher than reported lethal levels. Autopsy was not performed in order to prevent potential inhalation of mercury vapor by pathology staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-138
Number of pages3
JournalLegal Medicine
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Ingestion
  • Mercuric chloride
  • Post-mortem CT
  • Toxicology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Medicine(all)

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Post-mortem CT findings following intentional ingestion of mercuric chloride. / Iino, Morio; O'Donnell, Christopher J.; Burke, Michael P.

In: Legal Medicine, Vol. 11, No. 3, 05.2009, p. 136-138.

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Iino, Morio ; O'Donnell, Christopher J. ; Burke, Michael P. / Post-mortem CT findings following intentional ingestion of mercuric chloride. In: Legal Medicine. 2009 ; Vol. 11, No. 3. pp. 136-138.
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