ATSDR - Toxic Substances - Perfluoroalkyls
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Perfluoroalkyls

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Affected Organ Systems: Hepatic (Liver), Renal (Urinary System or Kidneys)

Cancer Effects: None

Chemical Classification: None

Summary: Perfluoroalkyls are stable, synthetic chemicals. Perfluoroalkyls are unique because they repel oil, grease, and water. The two perfluoroalkyls made in the largest amounts in the U.S. are perflurooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS). Perfluoroalkyls have been used in surface protection products such as carpet and clothing treatments and coating for paper and cardboard packaging. They have also been used in fire-fighting foams.

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