Thallium is a bluish-white metal used in the manufacturing of electronic devices, mainly in the semiconductor industry. It is odorless and tasteless and occurs naturally in trace amounts in the earth's crust.
Poisoning with thallium has been reported. Symptoms and signs can include
- abdominal pain,
- nausea and vomiting,
- blood in the stool,
- painful sensory neuropathy (especially on the soles and palms),
- loss of reflexes,
- hair loss,
- convulsions, or
Other associated signs and symptoms could include
- acute agitation and aggression,
- personality changes,
- depression, or
Cause of Thallium Poisoning
Thallium enters the environment primarily from coal-burning and smelting. It stays in the air, water, and soil for a long time. It's absorbed by plants and enters the food chain, building up in fish and shellfish. Exposure can occur due to eating food contaminated with thallium, cigarette smoking, breathing workplace air in certain industries, or living near waste sites containing the material.
Other thallium poisoning symptoms and signs
- Abdominal Pain
- Acute Agitation and Aggression
- Blood in the Stool
- Hair Loss
- Loss of Reflexes
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Painful Sensory Neuropathy (Especially on the Soles and Palms)
- Personality Changes
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