ROBERT E. KAUFMAN, M.D.
Sudden deaths shortly after the intravenous injection of various mercurial diuretics, although rare, have been reported with increasing frequency in recent years. Reported instances1-15 of fatalities within a few minutes after the injection, and apparently caused by it, now total 31 (table 1). Another case is added below. Deaths occurring many hours or days after the injection, even though there appears to be a definite relationship, are not included, since the mechanism is entirely different. In addition to the fatalities, there have been many, very severe reactions recorded,5, 12, 16 and undoubtedly many more that were never reported. A study
KAUFMAN RE. IMMEDIATE FATALITIES AFTER INTRAVENOUS MERCURIAL DIURETICS1. Ann Intern Med. ;28:1040–1047. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-28-5-1040
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;28(5):1040-1047.
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