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Nervous System Mercury Poisoning (Minamata Disease) Summary

Description: Neurologic disorders associated with exposure to inorganic and organic forms of MERCURY. Acute intoxication may be associated with gastrointestinal disturbances, mental status changes, and PARAPARESIS. Chronic exposure to inorganic mercury usually occurs in industrial workers, and manifests as mental confusion, prominent behavioral changes (including psychosis), DYSKINESIAS, and NEURITIS. Alkyl mercury poisoning may occur through ingestion of contaminated seafood or grain, and its characteristic features include POLYNEUROPATHY; ATAXIA; vision loss; NYSTAGMUS, PATHOLOGIC; and DEAFNESS. (From Joynt, Clinical Neurology, 1997, Ch20, pp10-15)

Also Known As: Minamata Disease; Mercury Poisoning, Nervous System; Encephalopathy, Mercury; Inorganic Mercury Poisoning; Mad Hatter Disease Show All >>

Networked: 90 relevant articles (2 outcomes, 12 trials/studies) for this Disease

Key Drugs and Agents for Nervous System Mercury Poisoning

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Drugs and Important Biological Agents (IBA) related to treatments:
  1. Sulfur : 1 outcome in 2 results : IBA
  2. Succimer (Dimercaptosuccinic Acid) : 1 outcome in 1 result : FDA 2
  3. Mercury : 8 studies in 55 results : IBA
  4. Mercury Compounds : 1 study in 3 results : IBA
  5. Acetaldehyde : 1 study in 3 results : IBA
  6. Antigens : 1 study in 1 result : IBA
  7. Antibodies : 1 study in 1 result : IBA
  8. Industrial Waste (Industrial Wastes) : 3 results : IBA
  9. Heavy Metals : 2 results : IBA
  10. Unithiol (DMPS) : 2 results : IBA
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Diseases Related to Nervous System Mercury Poisoning

  1. Poisoning
  2. Communication Disorders (Communication Disorder)
  3. Nervous System Mercury Poisoning (Minamata Disease)
  4. Tremor (Tremors)
  5. Neoplasms (Cancer)
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Key Therapies for Nervous System Mercury Poisoning

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  1. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) : 1 study in 3 results
  2. Chelation Therapy (Therapy, Chelation) : 2 results
  3. Renal Dialysis (Hemodialysis) : 1 result
  4. Oral Administration : 1 result

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