, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 298-300
Date: 19 Nov 2013

Introduction to Special Issue: Use and Misuse of Metal Chelation Therapy

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A 1-day symposium organized by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) was held at the CDC Conference Center in Chamblee, GA, on February 29, 2012, entitled “Use and misuse of metal chelation therapy” [1]. As physicians who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of patients with concerns about poisoning exposures, medical toxicologists frequently encounter patients who have had esoteric lab testing for environmental exposures or as a component of a workup of poorly defined neuropathies or other symptom complexes. The impetus for this conference was the widespread experience of these physicians with patients who had been treated for chronic symptoms incorrectly attributed to chronic metal toxicity.

During the symposium, experts from a variety of backgrounds spoke to the importance of proper patient evaluation, historic and current use of diagnostic testing, and treatment for metal toxicity, including toxicity considerations for the commonly applied metal chelators. Paul Wax ...

This study was previously presented at the conference “Use and misuse of metal chelation therapy” held on February 29, 2012 at the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA. This conference was jointly sponsored by the American College of Medical Toxicology and the Medical Toxicology Foundation with support from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.