Thallium poisoning in Israel

Jacob Atsmon*, Elisa Taliansky, Marina Landau, Miriam Y. Neufeld

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Abstract

We report the first case of thallium poisoning in Israel in almost 30 years. A 40-year-old man was apparently poisoned by a business associate when, on several occasions, he unknowingly drank an alcoholic beverage containing the toxic substance. Delayed admission and recurrent thallium ingestion resulted in both acute and chronic symptoms being present concomitantly. Conventional treatment modalities (Prussian blue and forced diuresis) were employed. The patient survived, although neurological sequelae ensued. The problems encountered in diagnosis and treatment of this relatively uncommon entity are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number50003920
Pages (from-to)327-330
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume320
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Heavy metals, toxicity
  • Thallium
  • Thallium poisoning
  • Thallium toxicity

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