CBRNE - Nerve Agents, Binary - GB2, VX2 Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Dec 18, 2018
  • Author: Larissa I Velez-Daubon, MD; Chief Editor: Duane C Caneva, MD, MSc  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Toxicity due to a nerve agent is suggested when several persons present with the symptoms discussed above.

Differential diagnoses mainly include poisoning by organophosphate or carbamate insecticides. However, an exposure to hydrogen cyanide or hydrogen sulfide could also be confused with a severe nerve agent exposure, since exposure to all those agents can result in sudden cardiovascular collapse.

Differential Diagnoses