After the teenager was “inspired” by the Marvel character Mercury from the X-Men franchise, he took the substance from a thermometer after previously encouraging spiders to bite him
A teenager intentionally injected mercury into his body because he “wanted to become a real Marvel superhero”.
The 15-year-old also encouraged spiders to bite him so he could be like action icon Spiderman, a report found.
His case was drafted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
the report notes that luckily the nameless child was not poisoned after trying to give himself superpowers.
Medics say he used the substance from a thermometer and injected it three times into his arm.
The boy is said to have been “inspired” by the Marvel character Mercury from the X-Men comic franchise and X-Man Wolverine.
The report read: “We report a case of a 15-year-old child who was inspired by a movie and deliberately injected himself subcutaneously with mercury into his forearm, resulting in the formation of a non-healing ulcer. Histopathology of the biopsy confirms the diagnosis.”
“Interestingly, he’s had multiple spider bites in the past to simulate Spider-Man.
“A surgical procedure was performed to treat the ulcer and reduce the levels of mercury in the blood and urine.
“However, the patient did not develop clinical signs of chronic poisoning, demonstrating that subcutaneous mercury injection has a low risk of systemic toxicity and that histopathology plays an important role in the diagnosis.”
It continues: “The deliberate subcutaneous injection of mercury by mentally healthy children is rare.
“It is usually seen as part of attempting suicide in severely depressed patients or by athletes to improve their performance.”
The report’s authors say the teen was monitored for signs of mercury poisoning but showed no signs of illness.
“Surprisingly, he had no other psychiatric problems and had a normal IQ,” it said.
“The patient did not develop clinical signs of chronic poisoning, demonstrating that subcutaneous mercury injection has a low risk of systemic toxicity and that histopathology plays an important role in diagnosis.
“In recent years, several studies have been published on the abuse of mercury with symptoms of intoxication. To the best of our knowledge, however, the present study is only a few that discuss the histopathology of skin biopsy with subcutaneous mercury injection.”