Mercury embolism

Mercury embolism ​is a rare condition caused by the embolism of elemental mercury secondary to suicidal or accidental intravenous injection .



Mercury embolism is primarily from intravenous injection of elemental mercury although it has rarely been seen secondary to ingestion .

Radiographic features


HRCT of chest exhibits :

  • multiple metallic point densities diffusely dispersed throughout both lung fields
  • hyperattenuating branching structures in the symmetric distribution in both lung parenchyma
  • right ventricle apex and pulmonary arteries also a potential site of mercury accumulation