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Chronic CO Poisoning:




Study B -
A Retrospective Carbon Monoxide Questionnaire Study (Cont.):

Results:

Over 80% of respondents indicated they continued to have the residual physical symptoms of headache, muscle / joint pain, tiredness / fatigue, dizziness / balance problems, and sleep problems nearly 2 years after termination of CO exposure. One-hundred percent of respondents continued to suffer tiredness / fatigue. Over 50% of respondents continued to suffer chest pain, numbness and tingling, visual / eye problems, and claimed to have physical limitations. Over 45% of respondents indicated that they experienced a change in their smell and/or taste sensitivity, and/or the character of either.

Over 70% of respondents indicated they continued to have the residual cognitive / intellectual symptoms of difficulty making decisions, difficulty / problems at work, difficulty following directions, memory problems, attention / concentration problems, and believed they were different since the CO exposure nearly 2 years after termination of CO exposure. Over 40% were still having difficulty finding familiar places, balancing a checkbook, and doing organizing and sorting operations.

Over 80% of respondents indicated they had residual emotional symptoms of mood change, temper problems, emotional swings, and believed their personality and memory was changed since the CO exposure nearly 2 years before. Over 40% were still having social and family problems related to the CO exposure.

Only 41.2% of respondents had been given 100% oxygen upon discovery of the CO poisoning, and only 11.9% had been admitted to a hospital for a period of time longer than 2 hours.


...... Last changed 11/17/99



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