Carbon Monoxide Headquarters
Chronic CO Poisoning:
Problems in Dealing with Chronic CO Poisoning:
Fact of exposure usually recognized only later, the time we call "discovery"
Good COHb level measurements usually not obtained
Air CO level measurements often not obtained
Residual effects commonly occur, but often subtle; thus usually unrecognized by untrained physicians.
Less medical/scientific literature available than for acute CO poisoning
Seldom produces damage recognizable by high-tech scanning techniques (MRI, CT, SPECT)
Changes seen by neuropsychological testing usually most useful
Considerable variability of effects from one individual to the next
...... last changed 04/27/04
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