Asthma caused by organo mercury compounds


Occupations
  • Personnel Hospital staff
  • Service Personnel
Agents
Diphenylmercury, Phenylmercury nitropropionate.
 
Incidence
Incidence: low.
 
Atopy does not play an important role.
 
IgE-dependent mechanism.
 
Conditions
Disinfection of walls in offices, in particular in hospitals.
 
Symptoms
Asthma and rhinitis at the end of the working day and following night, associated with urticaria and/or angioneurotic oedema.
 
Diagnostic methods
Skin prick test with a 1% solution of the agent.
 
Bronchial provocation test (in hospital) by inhalation of aerosol.
 
No immunological assay has been reported.

References

  1. American Journ. of Med.1968, 44:310

As in all diagnostic testing, the diagnosis is made by the physican based on both test results and the patient history.