ALFRED WALLNER, M.D.; LAWRENCE HERMAN, M.D.
Reports of unfavorable reactions following the administration of mercurial diuretics are becoming more common. Kaufman1 summarized 32 fatalities immediately following intravenous injection of mercurial diuretics. Molnar2 reported a death following intraperitoneal administration (mercupurin). Kline and Seymour3 noted severe reactions following the administration of mercurin intravenously or by rectal suppository. Waife and Pratt4 observed a patient who died in anuria following prolonged administration of mercupurin. The injection precipitating the reaction had been given intramuscularly. This is the only previously reported fatality following intramuscular administration.
Reports of unfavorable systemic reactions to mercuhydrin have been limited to relatively few scattered observations. Modell, Gold
WALLNER A, HERMAN L. MERCURIAL DIURETICS: SOME HAZARDS OF MERCUHYDRIN; REPORT OF TWO CASES WITH ONE DEATH1. Ann Intern Med. ;32:1190–1197. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-32-6-1190
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1950;32(6):1190-1197.
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