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Document ID (ISN)64637
CIS number 95-987
ISSN - Serial title Occupational Health Journal
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chiba M., Kazuta T., Shinohara A., Takahashi H., Endo G., Inaba Y.
Title Case report: Arsenic-exposed patient with polyneuritis
Original title Hiso bakuro sagyōsha ni mirareta tahatsu shinkeien no ichi shōrei [in Japanese]
Bibliographic information 25 Apr. 1994, Vol.17, No.3, p.39-41. Illus. 2 ref.
Abstract A 50-year-old male carpenter complained of numbness in the upper and lower limbs. Because of his having been exposed to airborne dust containing arsenic pentoxide, potassium dichromate and copper sulfate as wood preservatives, he was suspected of having contracted neuritis caused by arsenic poisoning. No irregularity was found except dysaesthesia in the four limbs and light hypoaesthesia in the hands and legs. Paraneoplastic neuropathy, amyloidosis and Sjogren's syndrome were ruled out. Arsenic (As), chromium (Cr) and copper (Cu) concentrations in scalp hair, fingernail, plasma, erythrocytes and urine were determined. As and Cr concentrations were much higher than in controls. There was no difference in Cu concentration between the patient and the control. This suggests that the patient's polyneuritis was due to arsenic poisoning.
Descriptors (primary) conditions of exposure; wood preservatives; polyneuritis; carpentry; arsenic and compounds
Descriptors (secondary) case study; chromium; sensory aptitude; arsenic
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Arsenic and compounds
Inorganic substances