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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is organophosphate poisoning?

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Dr. Chirag Patel
Specializes in Neurology
It can be fatal: Organophosphates are found in insecticides, herbicides, and nerve agents. They block an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine (ACh). As a result, ACh accumulation can cause anxiety, headache, convulsions, respiratory failure, tremor, general weakness, and potentially coma. Patients with symptoms and an exposure history should go to the closest ER. Ref: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2493390

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