Mercury pulmonary embolism

If injected in sufficient amounts, liquid or elemental mercury produces a distinctive contrast angiogram on the chest radiograph or CT. Monitoring Hg in blood and urine is indicated. Few or no symptoms are present, in contrast to inhalation of mercury vapors or heated fumes which can effectuate ARDS. Examination for evidence of puncture or skin damage at injection sites is indicated

Last update : 25/05/2013

Causative drugs


Abused drugs/substances (illicit-, street drugs - IV/inhaled)

I.j I - Interstitial/parenchymal lung disease
I.j - Exogenous lipoid pneumonia
I.m I - Interstitial/parenchymal lung disease
I.m - ILD with a granulomatous component
I.s I - Interstitial/parenchymal lung disease
I.s - A mass or masses
I.t I - Interstitial/parenchymal lung disease
I.t - Pneumoconiosis, talcosis
II.b II - Pulmonary edema - ARDS - Acute respiratory failure
III.a III - Pulmonary hemorrhage
III.a - Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH)
IV.a IV - Airway involvement
IV.a - Bronchospasm - Asthma
IV.f IV - Airway involvement
IV.f - Severe, catastrophic asthma attack (can be fatal)
IV.g IV - Airway involvement
IV.g - Syncope - Cough syncope
V.f V - Pleural and/or pericardial involvement
V.f - Pneumothorax
V.q V - Pleural and/or pericardial involvement
V.q - Empyema
VI.b VI - Pulmonary vasculopathy
VI.b - Pulmonary arterial hypertension
VI.c VI - Pulmonary vasculopathy
VI.c - Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease
VI.g VI - Pulmonary vasculopathy
VI.g - Foreign body vasculopathy (Excipient lung disease)
VI.i VI - Pulmonary vasculopathy
VI.i - Acute pulmonary hypertension
VI.j VI - Pulmonary vasculopathy
VI.j - Mercury pulmonary embolism
VI.r VI - Pulmonary vasculopathy
VI.r - Septic pulmonary embolism
VI.t VI - Pulmonary vasculopathy
VI.t - Pulmonary artery aneurysm(s)
VII.h VII - Mediastinal involvement
VII.h - Pneumomediastinum
VIII.c VIII - Upper, central, large airway involvement
VIII.c - Upper airway obstruction other than angioedema or hematoma
VIII.d VIII - Upper, central, large airway involvement
VIII.d - Thermal (burns, frostbite), chemical, or caustic facial and/or airway injury
IX.a IX - Neuromuscular / CNS involvement - Disordered breathing during sleep
IX.a - Diaphragm/inspiratory muscle weakness/paralysis (w/wo ARF)
IX.s IX - Neuromuscular / CNS involvement - Disordered breathing during sleep
IX.s - Botulism - Wound botulism
X.u X - Systemic conditions, syndromes and reactions
X.u - Multiple organ dysfunction/failure (MODS/MOF) X - Systemic conditions, syndromes and reactions - Anti-GBM antibody disease (Goodpasture-like) or flare of
XI.b XI - Miscellaneous
XI.b - Chest pain (acute - subacute)
XI.g XI - Miscellaneous
XI.g - Aspiration, aspiration pneumonia (w/wo demonstrable pharyngeal dysmotility)
XI.m XI - Miscellaneous
XI.m - Pulmonary emphysema - Lung cysts or bullae
XI.r XI - Miscellaneous
XI.r - Death following exposure or poisoning
XII.i XII - Cardiovascular involvement / toxicity
XII.i - Endocarditis (infective)
XII.v XII - Cardiovascular involvement / toxicity
XII.v - Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
XV.q XV - Pulmonary pathology
XV.q - Path: Foreign body deposits/reaction
XV.s XV - Pulmonary pathology
XV.s - Path: Pneumoconiosis (silicosis, talcosis, talcoma) XV - Pulmonary pathology - Path: Foreign body embolism, microangiopathy, vasculopathy XV - Pulmonary pathology - Path: Pulmonary hypertension incl. angiomatoid vasculopathy
XVI.v XVI - Imaging
XVI.v - Imaging: Diffuse centrilobular micronodules
XVI.ab XVI - Imaging
XVI.ab - Imaging: Cavitating lung nodules (see also Iq, XIs, XIIi, XVIaa and XVIIp) XVI - Imaging - Imaging: A pattern similar to progressive massive fibrosis (PMF) XVI - Imaging - Imaging: Lung cysts or bullae (see also XVI ah/bf)
XVII.a XVII - Infections & related conditions
XVII.a - Pneumonia - Respiratory tract infection
XVII.b XVII - Infections & related conditions
XVII.b - Opportunistic pulmonary/systemic infection
XVII.g XVII - Infections & related conditions
XVII.g - Tuberculosis (pulmonary, extrapulmonary, reactivation or de novo)
XVII.p XVII - Infections & related conditions
XVII.p - Lung abscess/abscesses (see also VIr)
XVII.s XVII - Infections & related conditions
XVII.s - Sternoclavicular septic arthritis
XVII.u XVII - Infections & related conditions
XVII.u - Epidural abscess