Course: WB 4342
CE Original Date: March 20, 2020
CE Expiration Date: March 20, 2022
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- Ethylene glycol ingestion first affects the central nervous system (CNS). After a characteristic latent period, toxic metabolites might produce signs of inebriation followed by serious illness and even death.
- No studies were located regarding a link between ethylene glycol exposure and cancer or reproductive or developmental hazards in humans.
- Propylene glycol is much less toxic than ethylene glycol.
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ATSDR Authors: Dianyi Yu, MD
ATSDR Planners: Charlton Coles, PhD; Sharon L. Hall, PhD; Delene Roberts MSMHC; Julia Smith, MPH, CHES; Germania Pinheiro MD, MSc, PhD; Dianyi Yu, MD
Peer Reviewers: Obaid Faroon, DVM, PhD, and Ki Moon Bang, PhD, MPH
ATSDR Commenters: Alaina Steck, MD
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