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.