Saved by a material safety data sheet

Ching Hua Lin, Chung Li Du, Chang Chuan Chan, Jung Der Wang

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Background: We present the case of a young female laboratory worker who developed acute hepatic encephalopathy. Objective: To show that knowledge of occupational exposures to causative agents can alter therapeutic management. Methods: Although the patient was in a deep coma, her family members examined the workplace material safety data sheet, revealing exposure to chloroform. Since most chemical-induced hepatitis is self-limiting, a scheduled liver transplantation was postponed. Results: The patient recovered. Subsequent air sampling suggested that the patient had been exposed to chloroform at a concentration of more than 15 ppm for 2 weeks. Conclusion: Our case report demonstrates the importance of obtaining an occupational history and how the patient's family can be important in this process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-637
Number of pages3
JournalOccupational Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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