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Occupational absorption of tellurium: a report of two cases.

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Industrial uses of tellurium are limited, and reported cases of tellurium absorption of occupational origin are rare. Two such cases are reported here. Both showed typical signs and symptoms of intoxication; in particular, the stench of sour garlic was noted on breath and from excreta. An unusual feature was the bluish-black discoloration of the webs of the fingers and streaks on the face and neck. Full hospital investigation was negative. No permanent damage resulted and each patient made a spontaneous recovery without treatment. Images

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