argyrism


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argyria

 [ahr-ji´re-ah]
poisoning by silver or its salts; chronic argyria is marked by a permanent ashen-gray discoloration of the skin, conjunctivae, and internal organs, and there is usually a slate blue “silver line” on the gingival margin. Argyria can result from either industrial or medicinal exposure.

ar·gyr·i·a

(ar-jir'ē-ă, -jī'rē-ă),
A slate-gray or bluish discoloration of the skin and deep tissues caused by deposits of insoluble albuminate of silver; occurs after a long period of medicinal administration of a soluble silver salt; formerly fairly common because of the use of proprietary preparations of silver-containing materials in the nose and sinuses.
[G. argyros, silver]

argyria

The deposition of silver salts in the skin secondary to acute high level, or to chronic lower level, exposure to elemental silver, silver dust or silver compounds.

Colloidal silver solutions were abandoned by mainstream medical practitioners in the 1940s; agyria now only occurs in alternative health advocates who consume colloidal silver, mistakenly believing it has some health benefits.
 
Clinical findings, acute
Burning of mouth and throat, vomiting, diarrhoea, collapse, coma, death.
 
Clinical findings, chronic
Permanent blue-bronze discolouration of skin and mucosa, especially of sun-exposed zones.

ar·gyr·ia

, argyrism , argyrosis (ahr-jirē-a, ahrjir-izm, -jir-ōsis)
A slate-gray or bluish discoloration of the skin and deep tissues caused by deposits of insoluble albuminate of silver; occurs after a long period of medicinal administration of a soluble silver salt.
Synonym(s): silver poisoning.
[G. argyros, silver]

argyrism

see argyria.
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