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Intoxication volontaire au mercure: conséquences biologiques et signification psychiatrique
Publication types: Case Reports ; English Abstract ; Journal Article ; Review - Publication Status: ppublish
A young patient suffering from schizophrenia had intense headaches and photophobia which were induced by intra-ocular injections of mercury. The clinical diagnosis was established once foreign bodies were visualized on regular X-rays of the patients skull. The mercury intoxication in combination with the secondary irreversible lesions to the eyes necessitated a bilateral enucleation and the use of a chelating treatment with sodium-dimercapto-1-propane sulfate (DMP). Automutilation is a very rare and dramatic complication of schizophrenia. The psychiatric handling and meaning of such dramatic automutilation is discussed in this case report together with a recent review of the toxicologic treatment of mercury intoxication in humans.
Adult, Combined Modality Therapy, Eye Foreign Bodies, Female, Humans, Injections, Mercury Poisoning, Patient Care Team, Schizophrenia, Schizophrenic Psychology, Self Mutilation
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