Post-mortem CT findings following intentional ingestion of mercuric chloride

Morio Iino, Christopher J. O'Donnell, Michael P. Burke

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Mercury is known to be associated with both acute and chronic poisoning. A 36-year-old man intentionally ingested mercuric chloride (HgCl2) and died within 24 h. Post-mortem CT images showed oral, esophageal and gastric wall hyperdense "staining". On toxicological analysis, the blood concentration of mercury was measured at 25.5 mg/L; a figure far higher than reported lethal levels. Autopsy was not performed in order to prevent potential inhalation of mercury vapor by pathology staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-138
Number of pages3
JournalLegal Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May


  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Ingestion
  • Mercuric chloride
  • Post-mortem CT
  • Toxicology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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