Phosgene

CAS RN: 75-44-5

Clinical Signs and Symptoms

Signs Symptoms

Clinical Signs and Symptoms

  • Inhaling low concentrations may cause no signs or symptoms initially or cause symptoms that are secondary to mild irritation of the eyes and throat - some coughing, choking, feeling of tightness in the chest, nausea and occasional vomiting, headache, and lacrimation.
  • Respiratory - after an asymptomatic period for 30 minutes to 48 hours, in those developing severe pulmonary damage, a progressive pulmonary edema ensues with increasing work of breathing and subsequent hypoxia.
  • Cardiovascular - circulatory collapse secondary to severe pulmonary edema.
  • Dermal - phosgene can cause skin irritation and with sufficient concentration can cause, burning pain, inflammation, and blisters. Liquefied phosgene can cause frostbite injury.
  • Ocular - high vapor concentration can cause tearing and blood in the eye. Contact with liquid phosgene may result in clouding of the cornea and delayed perforation.
  • Link to Hospital Clinical Signs and Symptoms
  • Link to Toxic Syndromes
  • Link to Primary and Secondary Survey
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