Neuropathy in an artist exposed to organic solvents in paints: A case study

Shlomo Moshe, Enrique Bitchatchi, Joshua Goshen, Joseph Attias

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A 61-year-old artist in Israel had been painting for 30 years in his home studio. He had been healthy until he reached the age of 59.5 years, at which time he began complaining of weakness and paresthesia in both hands and legs. He also complained that he had difficulty concentrating, and his memory was impaired. His work was unusual in that he painted large posters (i.e., 2 × 3 m) with different mixtures of organic solvents, including toluene, xylene, benzene, methyl ethyl ketone, toluene diisocyanate, acetone, and thinner. He did not use any protective gloves and did not wear a mask. He was evaluated with several methods and was diagnosed as having peripheral and central neuropathy, including ototoxic hearing loss as a result of long exposures to organic solvents. The authors were unable to find any similar case report in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-129
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Artists
  • Neurobehavioral disturbance
  • Neuropathy
  • Organic solvents
  • Painters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • General Environmental Science
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Environmental Chemistry


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