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Korean Journal of Critical Care Medicine 2010;25(3): 182-185. doi: https://doi.org/10.4266/kjccm.2010.25.3.182
부적을 태운 후 발생한 급성 수은증기 중독에 의한 독성 -증례 보고-
이홍열ㆍ강경훈ㆍ남기호ㆍ김미혜ㆍ정복현ㆍ강희동*ㆍ오세현*ㆍ임재민
울산대학교 의과대학 강릉아산병원 내과학교실, *응급의학교실
Acute Mercury Vapor Inhalation Toxicity after Burning Charms: A Case Report
Hong Yeul Lee, Gyoung Hoon Kang, Ki Ho Nam, Mi Hye Kim, Bock Hyun Jung, Hui Dong Kang, Se Hyun Oh, Jaemin Lim
1Department of Internal Medicine, Gangneung Asan Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Gangneung, Korea. jmlim@gnah.co.kr
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Gangneung Asan Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Gangneung, Korea.
ABSTRACT
Cinnabar is the mineral with mercury in combination with sulfur, and it has been used to make charms in China and Korea. If cinnabar is overheated, mercury vapor that is extremely hazardous or sometimes fatal can be released. We experienced 5 patients of a family who were exposed to mercury vapor when they burnt charms. One of them developed severe acute respiratory failure and the patient needed mechanical ventilation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Despite treatment with cortiocosteroid, D-penicillamine, ECMO and plasmapheresis, the radiologic findings of a patient worsened and he died.
Key Words: charm; cinnabar; mercury; mercury vapor
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