Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cyanide Poisoning Underlying Cause

Cyanide prevents cells from using oxygen.

Sources of cyanide include:

  • Electroplating industry
  • Fertilizer
  • Fumigation
  • Ore extraction industry
  • Silver recovery from x-ray film
  • Some fruit pits, such as apricot pits, contain small amounts of cyanide
  • Medication: sodium nitroprusside.
  • Hydrogen cyanide can be released from burning nylon, polyurethane, wool, silk, and cellulose.

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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