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Chelation Therapy of Hexachlorobenzene Induced Chronic Porphyria.

Henry A. Peters, M.D., F.A.C.P.; and Ihsan Dogramaci, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(4):727. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-4-727_1
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In 1958, Dr. C. Cam of Diyarbakir, Turkey, first reported on cases of chronic hepatic porphyria in Turkish patients that was traced to the consumption of wheat as food that had been prepared for planting by treatment with a fungicide, hexachlorobenzene. The condition produced marked bullous lesions, hyperpigmentation, and hirsutism that in children gave rise to the descriptive term of "monkey children." In addition, in children under the age of 4 that were breast fed by mothers exposed to this chemical, a progressively fatal illness also took place. No ethnic group in the area was spared, and there were an


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