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Pulmonary ‘mercury’ embolism
  1. Karan Madan,
  2. Pavan Tiwari,
  3. Vijay Hadda,
  4. Randeep Guleria
  1. Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karan Madan, drkaranmadan{at}

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