Adamsite exposure

Case Definition: Adamsite (Diphenylaminechloroarsine or DM): The majority of exposures occur by inhalation and typically lead to symptoms of ocular, nasal, and respiratory tract irritation. Nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting or diarrhea) might also occur. The effects of adamsite ...1

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Symptoms of Adamsite exposure


  • TIME COURSE: The short-term effects of adamsite (DM) exposure begin 2 to 4 minutes after the onset of exposure. Prolonged whole-body (systemic) effects may last for 1 to 2 hours. Inhalation of DM in an outdoor ...
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Diagnosis of Adamsite exposure

Laboratory criteria for diagnosis

  • Biologic: No biologic marker is available for adamsite exposure.
  • Environmental: No method is available to detect adamsite in environmental samples.

Source: CDC Emergency2 ...

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  1. Source: CDC Emergency: agent/ adamsite/ casedef.asp
  2. ibid.

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