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Perchloroethylene: acute occupational poisoning and a proposal for its replacement with other less toxic substances
 
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University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Medicine, Unit of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology)
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Echevarne Laboratory, Barcelona, Spain (Toxicology and Bioanalysis Unit)
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Pere Sanz-Gallen   

University of Barcelona, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Medicine, Unit of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, Casanova 143, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
 
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Perchloroethylene is used mainly as a solvent in dry cleaning, cleaning of electrical equipment, and degreasing of metal parts. The authors report a case of acute poisoning with perchloroethylene contracted by a maintenance worker when cleaning an electric transformer. Since perchloroethylene may cause severe poisoning and the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified it as a probable carcinogen for humans, the authors have revised the main substances that may replace perchloroethylene in the workplace. Med Pr. 2019;70(3)
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