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A Case of Trichloroethylene Poisoning
Jae-Cheon Jean, Sung-Won Jang, Seung-Joan Yang, Jae-Won Lee, Sang-Chan Jin, Myeong-Don Joo, Woo-Ik Choi
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2007;5(1):61-66
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: June 30, 2007
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center
2Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center
3Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center
4Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center
5Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center
6Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center
7Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is an unsaturated chlorinated hydrocarbon in the form of a colorless, volatile liquid, which is used as an industrial organic solvent for spot removal and for metal degreasing. In general, the primary complications of TCE poisoning result from involvement of the central nervous and respiratory systems, including aspiration pneumonia. A case is reported of a 54-year-old man who presented in a comatose state after accidental ingestion of 100 ml of TCE, and who recovered after conservative treatment and mechanical ventilation. We discuss this case and present a literature review.


JKSCT : Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology