- Chronic exposure to carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) – and sometimes acute exposure to very high concentrations – produces liver and kidney damage.
- CCl4 is highly toxic. It is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen, based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in experimental animals.
This educational case study is one in a series of self-instructional modules designed to increase the primary care provider’s knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment. The goal of Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (CSEM) is to increase the primary care provider’s knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and to help in the evaluation and treatment of potentially exposed patients. This CSEM focuses on carbon tetrachloride toxicity.
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CDC/ATSDR Author(s): Dianyi Yu, MD
CDC/ATSDR Planners: Germania Pinheiro, MD, PhD; Dianyi Yu, MD; John Doyle, MPA; Diana Cronin
CDC/ATSDR Commenters: Obaid Faroon, DVM, PhD; Kim Gehle, MD, MPH; Dan Middleton, MD; Alaina Steck, MD
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