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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 13, Issue 3, Pages 150-152
Case Report

Pneumonitis after Inhalation of Mercury Vapours

JD Glezos,1 JE Albrecht,2 and RD Gair3

1Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, Canada
2Department of General Practice, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, Canada
3BC Drug and Poison Information Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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A 43-year-old man presented to hospital with pneumonia but only after discharge from hospital did he admit to deliberate prior inhalation of mercury. His pulmonary involvement appeared to resolve almost completely with antibiotics and supportive care. Nevertheless, persisting elevated urinary excretion of mercury required two courses of chelation therapy. No serious systemic sequelae were observed.