Klinische Wochenschrift

, Volume 67, Issue 22, pp 1152–1155 | Cite as


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


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

Intoxication Poisoning Tellurium Tellurium-Intoxication 





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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

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