Trichloroethylene, a solvent used in a variety of industrial settings for more than 60 years, has caused adverse health effects on the central and peripheral nervous system, the skin, liver, kidney, and heart. Three men have shown relatively unusual manifestations secondary to exposure to trichloroethylene in degreasing operations in the jewelry industry. Toxic encephalopathy, hepatitis, and carpal spasm occurred among young, healthy workers. Clinical and laboratory data, including measurement of urinary trichloroacetic acid concentrations, are presented.
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