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[Chronic arsenic poisoning].

Boletín médico del Hospital Infantil de México

Adolescent, analysis, Water Supply, Water Pollution, Chemical, pathology, chemically induced, Skin Neoplasms, Mexico, Male, Liver Cirrhosis, Leg, Keratoderma, Palmoplantar, Humans, Diagnosis, Differential, Chronic Disease, Carcinoma, Squamous Cell, Arsenic Poisoning, isolation & purification, Arsenic

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      A case of chronic arsenic intoxication due to ingestion of contaminated water for several years is reported. The main symptoms were keratosis palmaris et plantaris, confetti - Like dyschromias in chest, post - necrotic liver cirrhosis multiple intraepithelial epidermoid carcinomas and invasive epidermoid carcinoma. The epidemiologic study showed high concentration of arsenic in the water of the well used by the patient; likewise, chronic arsenicalism was found in the whole family and in several neighbors who consumed water from the same well.

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