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Chronic CO Poisoning:

This site is devoted to issues of chronic carbon monoxide poisoning. It is one of the webmaster's current subspecialty areas of interest and one he has written on extensively recently. Whereas at one time it was thought that people chronically exposed to CO recovered completely as soon as the CO was "washed" out of the body, it is now clear that chronic CO poisoning frequently causes serious health harm and leaves a Pentad of Symptoms which he has recently characterized as the CO Poisoning Syndrome.

It is also clear that this area is an emerging one in terms of the public's awareness and the medical communities skills in diagnosing and treating it. Current CO alarm technology and prevailing standards will protect people from high-level acute CO poisoning, harm and death. This cannot be said about lower-level chronic CO poisoning, and this is a major concern to many experts in the field.

Review these pages frequently for the latest approaches to preventing, recognizing and understanding chronic CO poisoning. Please let me know if you find the material interesting and useful, and if you believe I may have missed an important aspect.
Thank you.
D.G.P.

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Index to More Chronic CO Material:

- Brief Bits -

What is Chronic CO Poisoning?

Statement of Belief

Definitions of Types of CO Exposure

Definition of Word "Chronic"

A Paradox of CO Physiology

Where you Find CO

Table of Indoor Air Pollutant Concentrations (with Other Nasty Gases)

Non-Fatal vs. Fatal CO Poisonings

Possible Scenarios of Exposure

Occult CO Poisoning: What is it?

What I Hear!

Symptoms!!

Residual Effects: Acute to Chronic

Characteristics

Clues to Discovery

Differences from Acute CO Poisoning

Common Misdiagnoses

The CO Poisoning Syndrome

Why Not Better Recognized by the Medical Profession?

Problems with Chronic CO Poisoning

A Theoretical Approach to Understanding the Development of Residual CO Effects

Residual CO Effects - "CO Support"

Problems with CO: U.K. vs. U.S.

Subjects of Publications on Chronic CO


- Case Reports -

  • Hypothetical Case Report

  • Contributed CO Case


    - Index to Studies -

  • Beck Retrospective Case Series Study (1936)

  • Sumari Diagnosis Study (1946)

  • Helminen Visual Disturbance Study (1946)

  • Lumio Deafness Study (1948)

  • Komatsu Occupational Study (1958)

  • Zenk Hearing Study (1965)

  • Kirkpatrick Case Series (1987)

  • Bronstein Dual Case Study (1987)

  • Ryan Case Report (1990)

  • Ely Warehouse Workers' Study (1995)

  • The "CO Support" Study (1997)

  • Bayer et al. Retrospective Study (1998)

  • Myers et al. Case Series Retrospective Study (1998)

  • Study A: Retrospective Mail Survey Study (1999)

  • Study B: Retrospective Questionnaire Study (1999)

  • Ritz & Lu Population (Epidemiologic) Study (1999)

  • Pinkston et al. Study (2000)

  • Ares Case Report & Review (2001)

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    Note: At right above is part of the cover of a learning module that lets children be "Health Hazard Detectives" in tracking down a case of chronic CO poisoning. It was produced by the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHS), sponsored jointly by the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


    - Back Talk -

    CO Poisoning is Pretty Rare, Right?


    For access to an improved CO diagnostic tool, contact Dr. Penney by E-mail
    (davidpenney@comcast.net)


    - Recent Meetings -

  • CO Support meeting, London, U.K.

  • Satellite Meeting of IUTOX VIII International Congress of Toxicology

  • Affordable Comfort '99 (Chicago, April 19-23, 1999)

  • Navy Meeting (Chesapeake, Virginia, March 21, 2002)

    - Future Presentations -

  • Michigan Safety Conference (Lansing, MI April 16-17, 2002)


    - Useful Link -

  • American Lung Association


    CONTACT NUMBER:
    Dr. D. Penney, ph. (904) 471-1442

    E-mail .... davidpenney@comcast.net


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