Chronic Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


Symptoms:


Subjective Symptoms

Symptom
Frequency %
Fatigue
92
Headache
87
Dizziness
69
Sleep Disturbances
66
Cardiac Symptoms
62
Apathy
54
Nausea, vomiting
42
Memory Disturbances
40
Reduced Libido
22
Loss of Appetite
17


From: Jain, K.K. (1990) Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Warren H. Green, Inc., St. Louis, MO


Chronic CO poisoning often masquerades as lethargy, listlessness, lack of motivation, sleepiness, etc. and is often characterized as chronic fatigue syndrome, clinical depression, or an endocrine disorder. The changes are frequently subtle and only recognized as being related to CO exposure after a period of time. Recognition of CO involvement often only occurs by accident or by happen-stance and documentation of abnormally elevated CO in the air and blood is frequently not possible.


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