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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 150-152

Occupation-related chromium toxicity a rare cause of renal failure and rhabdomyolysis


Department of Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Manjeera Jagannati
Department of Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.203135

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A 21-year-old gentleman, a worker in a mobile phone shop, was admitted with rhabdomyolysis, renal failure, and pulmonary edema requiring mechanical ventilation and hemodialysis. After extensive workup and ruling out other causes, heavy metal poisoning was considered. Investigations during the course of the hospital stay revealed chromium poisoning. With repeated hemodialysis, his parameters normalized and he was discharged home in a stable condition. Diagnosis of chromium toxicity needs high index of suspicion. A history of occupational exposure might offer a clue to diagnosis. With hemodialysis and supportive care, it is a potentially salvageable condition.






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