Klinische Wochenschrift

, Volume 67, Issue 22, pp 1152–1155

Tellurium-intoxication

  • R. Müller
  • W. Zschiesche
  • H. M. Steffen
  • K. H. Schaller
Case Reports

DOI: 10.1007/BF01726117

Cite this article as:
Müller, R., Zschiesche, W., Steffen, H.M. et al. Klin Wochenschr (1989) 67: 1152. doi:10.1007/BF01726117

Summary

Tellurium is one of the rarest elements on earth. Intoxications are rare and almost exclusively occupationally exposed workers are affected. Only a few cases of non — occupational poisoning have been reported so far.

Severe poisoning results in respiratory depression and circulatory collapse. After occupational exposure main symptoms and signs include loss of appetite, dryness of the mouth, suppression of sweating, a metallic taste in the mouth, and most notable, a sharp garlic odor of the breath, sweat and urine.

We report our findings in a 37 year old, non-occupationally exposed woman with tellurium intoxication.

Key words

IntoxicationPoisoningTelluriumTellurium-Intoxication

Abbreviations

Te

Tellurium

n.d.

not detected

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Müller
    • 1
  • W. Zschiesche
    • 2
  • H. M. Steffen
    • 1
  • K. H. Schaller
    • 2
  1. 1.Klinik II und Poliklinik für Innere Medizin der Universität zu KölnGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Arbeits- und Sozialmedizin und Poliklinik für Berufskrankheiten der Universität ErlangenNürnberg