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Vapors may be present in 19 Brain Disorders Sourcebook, Third Edition such workplaces as dental offices, smelting operations, and locations where mercury has been spilled or released. In the body, elemental mercury can be converted to inorganic mercury. Inorganic mercury: People may be exposed if they work where inorganic mercury compounds are used. Organic mercury: People may be exposed when they eat fish or shellfish contaminated with methylmercury. Methylmercury can pass through the placenta, exposing the developing fetus.

Finding a measurable amount of mercury in blood or urine does not mean that levels of mercury cause an adverse health effect. Biomonitoring studies on levels of mercury provide physicians and public health officials with reference values so that they can determine whether people have been exposed to higher levels of mercury than are found in the general population. Bio-monitoring data can also help scientists plan and conduct research about exposure and health effects. Mercury and Neurodevelopment Mercury is a naturally occurring metallic element that is extremely toxic to the brain, kidneys, and developing fetus.

Seizures: Migraine-like headache pain may occur during or after a seizure. Moderate to severe headache pain may last for several hours and worsen with sudden movements of the head or when sneezing, coughing, or bending. Spinal fluid leak: About one-fourth of people who undergo a lumbar puncture (which involves a small sampling of the spinal fluid being removed for testing) develop a headache due to a leak of cerebrospinal fluid following the procedure. Structural abnormalities of the head, neck and spine: Headache pain and loss of function may be triggered by structural abnormalities 39 Brain Disorders Sourcebook, Third Edition in the head or spine, restricted blood flow through the neck, irritation to nerves anywhere along the path from the spinal cord to the brain, or stressful or awkward positions of the head and neck.

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