Arsenic Poisoning


There is a characteristic sequence of multi-organ failure, with: neurological symptoms (within hours) and cardiac features, succeeded by adult respiratory distress syndrome and renal/liver dysfunction. Marrow suppression develops after a few days to weeks in survivors, as does alopecia and an ascending motor neuropathy.

Tests to diagnose: 

Blood cell count, laboratory tests and Electrocardiograms (ECG, EKG) and nerve conduction tests are often done in any type of suspected arsenic exposure.


Folate may lower blood levels of arsenic and may help prevent illnesses caused by arsenic.