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Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2000 Dec;12(4):547-553. Korean.
Published online Jan 30, 2019.  https://doi.org/10.35371/kjoem.2000.12.4.547
Copyright © 2000 The Korean Society of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Two Cases of Neuropathy by Methyl Bromide Intoxication during Fumigation
Tae Hyuk Park, Jung Il Kim, Ji Eun Son, Jong Kuk Kim, Hyung Soo Kim, Kap Yeol Jung and Joon Youn Kim
Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To report two cases of neuropathy due to methyl bromide intoxication.

METHODS

Workers, engaged in the fumigating process, complained fatigue, general weakness, ataxia, and hypersomnia. We evaluated them with blood tests, neurophysiologic studies and MRI and investigated their occupational history.

RESULTS

Increased signal intensities were found in the medulla oblongata and paraver mian of cerebellum in MRI and after 11 days, high signal intensities were reduced in the following MRI. In the other case, polyneuropathy and rlght lower brainstem lesion were observed In the NCV and BAEP studies.

CONCLUSIONS

We confirmed that worker's symptoms were related to methyl bromide exposure in the fumigation. It is necessary that we should evaluate present condition of fumigating process and prepare appropriate methods to protect workers engaged in the fumigation.