Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inhalation Hydrocarbon Underlying Cause

Most cases of hydrocarbon inhalation are intentional, and are considered a form of chemical abuse. Hydrocarbons cause euphoria, lack of coordination, confusion and lack of inhibition. Accidental exposures to hydrocarbons may occur at work, or at home.

Hydrocarbons are found in:

  • Propellants from spray cans
  • Glues
  • Solvents
  • Lighter fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Paints

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Last Updated: Feb 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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