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Document ID (ISN)36021
CIS number 81-1369
ISSN - Serial title 0081-1270 - Bulletin de la société ophtalmologique française
Year 1980
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Berkman N., Moubri M.
Title Ophtalmological findings in a case of hydrogen sulfide poisoning
Original title Manifestations opthalmologiques au décours d'une intoxication par l'hydrogène sulfuré. [in French]
Bibliographic information 1980, Vol.80, No.4-5, p.369-372. 22 ref.
Abstract Clinical findings in a case of hydrogen sulfide poisoning that occurred during work in a sewer; dominant nature of ocular manifestations: bilateral keratoconjuctivis and bilateral papillary oedema with retinal haemorrhages, all of which regressed after a few days without sequelae. Review of the toxicity of hydrogen sulfide which may have a fatal effect at high concentrations (700-900ppm); at this level, due to its paralysing effect on the olfactory centres, hydrogen sulfide is no longer detectable by its smell, and eye lesions probably due to anoxia may occur. To prevent this type of serious accident - in which the effects may be irreversible - safety measures for workers at risk should be intensified and regular clinical and opthalmological examinations instituted.
Descriptors (primary) acute poisoning; work in sewers; ophthalmotoxic effects; hydrogen sulfide
Descriptors (secondary) case study; keratitis; conjunctivitis; retinal haemorrhage
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Confined spaces
Inorganic sulfur compounds
Inorganic substances