Delayed health sequelae of accidental exposure to bromine gas

Rafael S. Carel, Lllana Belmaker, Gad Potashnik, Mordechai Levine, Rafael Blau

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The delayed health effects from accidental exposure to bromine vapors in a group of six people were evaluated. During the acute exposure, they had only some respiratory symptoms and skin burns of first to second degree involving small areas. All were treated in one hospital and released within 1-4 d. Six to 8 wk later, some still had health complaints such as cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness, eye irritation, headache, dizziness, fatigue, and memory, sleep, and sexual disturbances, but no objective laboratory or clinical evidence of effects. Mechanisms that might have led to manifestations of such complaints 1-2 mo after the accident are discussed and possible ways to alleviate similar situations are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-277
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Toxicology and Environmental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pollution


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