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Pearls and pitfalls in the approach to patients with neurotoxic syndromes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11774056     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Neurotoxins are an important cause of neurologic disorders. A vast number of potentially neurotoxic compounds exist, including prescription drugs, illicit substances, and exposures through the workplace, residence, hobbies, and the environment. Effects of neurotoxins can mimic neurologic illnesses; therefore, it is important to consider neurotoxins in the differential diagnosis of any patient with neurological dysfunction. Paramount to the diagnosis of a possible neurotoxic syndrome is establishing causation. This can be done by a systematic approach utilizing principles in epidemiology and applying them to the individual patient. This approach is discussed in the following article in an attempt to bring structure to solving problems in a complex area of medicine.
D E Rusyniak
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in neurology     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0271-8235     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin Neurol     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-04     Completed Date:  2002-02-08     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111343     Medline TA:  Semin Neurol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  407-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-2856, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Anxiety Agents / adverse effects
Bismuth / poisoning
Botulism / diagnosis*
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / diagnosis
Diagnosis, Differential
Metals, Heavy / poisoning
Middle Aged
Neurotoxicity Syndromes / diagnosis*,  microbiology,  physiopathology
Solvents / poisoning
Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / diagnosis
Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis
Thallium / poisoning
Toluene / poisoning
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Anxiety Agents; 0/Metals, Heavy; 0/Solvents; 108-88-3/Toluene; 12794-10-4/Benzodiazepines; 7440-28-0/Thallium; 7440-69-9/Bismuth

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