WILLIAM H. LAWRENCE, M.D.; EDWARD K. PARTYKA, M.D.
Whereas loss of facial sensation has been reported after industrial and anesthetic trichloroethylene poisoning (1, 2), the neurotoxicity of this agent may also produce a severe bulbar palsy. We studied a patient who had inhaled trichloroethylene fumes 11 years earlier and has severe residual dysphagia.
In 1968 at age 59, the patient was working alone in a closed underground pit, shoveling metal shavings that had been cleaned with trichloroethylene. Because of noxious fumes he emerged through a manhole to put on a face mask, which did not fit tightly. He resumed shoveling but experienced numbness around the upper lip and
LAWRENCE WH, PARTYKA EK. Chronic Dysphagia and Trigeminal Anesthesia After Trichloroethylene Exposure. Ann Intern Med. ;95:710. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-6-710
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(6):710.
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