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Posted by: Jan | 2009-10-07

Nickle in Blood

Sons blood tests show an abnormal level of nickle in his blood. He has seen a physician who was unable to help him or even give him advice. Must we be concerned and if so what treatment is there? His work involves working with metals like copper and bronze.

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Jan

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Dear Jan
Nickle is a stable element that won't break down - does he work with it on a daily basis? It can be treated by chelation therapy - administering a chemical that will bind with the nickle and remove it from the body. For the treatment of acute poisoning from the inhalation of nickel, sodium diethyldithiocarbamate (Dithiocarb) is used as a specific antidote; tetraethylthiuram (Antabuse) is effective to a lesser degree; d-penicillamine and dimercaprol (BAL) have limited therapeutic value.
See also http://safety.lovetoknow.com/Nickel_Poisoning#
Dr Bets

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