Arsenic Toxicity Follow-up

Updated: May 30, 2017
  • Author: Adam Blumenberg, MD, MA; Chief Editor: David Vearrier, MD, MPH  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Perform a careful neurological evaluation in follow-up of all patients because the peripheral neuropathy, which may develop after an acute exposure, may not appear for 2-3 weeks.

 

 

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Further Inpatient Care

Many patients will develop profound peripheral neuropathy requiring extensive rehabilitation. Rehabilitation should be started as promptly as the clinical picture allows.

 

 

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Complications

Sterile abscesses after the use of dimercaprol (BAL in oil) are not unusual. They initially may appear like erythematous macules, which spread or coalesce, and may continue to drain for some time.

 

 

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Patient Education

For patient education resources, see the First Aid and Injuries Center. Also see the patient education article Chemical Warfare.

 

 

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