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Arsenic poisoning

Summary of Arsenic poisoning
Arsenic poisoning is a medical condition that occurs due to elevated levels of arsenic in the body. The dominant basis of arsenic poisoning is from drinking groundwater that naturally contains high concentrations of arsenic. Diagnosis is by testing the urine, blood, or hair. For acute poisonings treating dehydration is important. For severe cases, treatment may consist of dimercapto-1-propane sulfonate (DMPS) or dimercaprol, while milder cases can be treated with dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA or succimer). Hemodialysis may also be used. 

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A patient with arsenic poisoning would have a -like odor in the breath and body.

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A 42-year-old man sees his primary care physician because of increased fatigue over the past 6 months. He reports no recent illnesses, changes in his diet or feelings of depression. On physical examination the patient is mildly pale. Examination of his nails shows white lines on the surface that are smooth and even to the touch. When asked what he does for a living, the patient says that he does woodworking. He lives on a small farm and dabbles in making moonshine. Based on the patient's symptoms, he most likely has an increased risk for developing which of the following in the future?



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