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Acute Renal Failure Due to Inhalation of Trichlorethylene

C. F. GUTCH, M.D., F.A.C.P.; W. G. TOMHAVE, M.D.; and S. C. STEVENS, PH.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1965;63(1):128-134. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-63-1-128
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This report presents an unusual case of poisoning due to trichlorethylene. The patient described below developed both kidney and cardiac damage after inadvertent inhalation of this agent. The chemical and the circumstances of the exposure were unknown at first.

Trichlorethylene has had considerable use as an anesthetic agent, particularly in obstetrical work. Its industrial uses as a degreasing and extracting agent, solvent in dry cleaning and textile work, vehicle for rubber and plastic cements, and numerous applications in the chemical industry are less familiar to most physicians.

Having the formula CHCl = C Cl2, trichlorethylene is related chemically to carbon


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