Disease Information for Arsenic, chronic poisoning: Definition

  • Disorders associated with acute or chronic exposure to compounds containing ARSENIC (ARSENICALS) which may be fatal; Acute oral ingestion is associated with gastrointestinal symptoms and an encephalopathy which may manifest as SEIZURES, mental status changes, and COMA;

    Chronic exposure is associated with mucosal irritation, desquamating rash, myalgias, peripheral neuropathy, and white transverse (Mees) lines in the fingernails

    --(Adams et al , Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1212)--