Methyl bromide

Background

  • Fumigant and pesticide. Also reported as pulmonary chemical weapon
  • Colorless, non-flammable gas that has no odor except at high levels
  • Binds to and damages DNA
  • Neurotoxic, though inhalational injury is most common cause of death acutely
  • Long term exposure to low levels can affect CNS

Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis

Chemical weapons

Evaluation

  • Evaluate for alternate diagnoses

Management

  • Decontaminate
  • Supportive

Disposition

  • Dependant on severity of toxicity

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Authors:

Claire