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CHEST 2011: Embargoed studies highlight new lung health research
Date:10/23/2011

r soluble solvent used in a variety of products including printing links, leather finishers, antifreeze, plumbing fluids, and cleaning solutions. In 1999, 6,281 cases of EG exposure were reported, with 23 deaths from toxic exposure. As little as 100 mL of EG can be poisonous to a human being. Researchers from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee experienced a 49-year-old man with bipolar and other disorders admitted to an inpatient psychiatry ward for confusion and hallucinations. Although his examination and vital signs were normal upon admittance, 18 h later, as his mental state worsened, the ICU team was consulted. Family members told the medical team he had been cleaning the floors of his home, and his clothes had become soaked with the cleaning solution, which contained EG as a portion of its major contents. Researchers note that, unrecognized and untreated, renal failure may develop between 24 and 48 hours after ingestion; however, subacute poisoning can result from skin exposure. This can include multiorgan injury, central nervous system injury, psychiatric symptoms, and personality changes. This demonstrates that a single massive exposure to the skin can be toxic.


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