Trichloroethylene (TCE) is an industrial solvent, primarily used as a degreasing agent in dry cleaning. It is also used in adhesives, spot removers, printing inks, typewriter correction fluids, paints, lacquer and varnishes. It is a colorless liquid with a sweet smell.
Exposure to trichloroethylene can occur in a number of different ways. Exposure may occur through breathing
contaminated air (such as fumes from a spot remover or typewriter correction fluid), drinking water contaminated with trichloroethylene, or through occupational contact
Trichloroethylene can cause serious health problems. For instance, trichloroethylene may be carcinogenic. In addition, breathing elevated levels of trichloroethylene or inhalation of the substance over an extended period of time may cause heart problems
; nerve, lung
, and liver damage
; and death
. Breathing small amounts of trichloroethylene over a short duration can cause headaches
, lung irritation, dizziness
, poor coordination, and difficulty concentrating.
Ingestion of trichloroethylene may cause nausea
; liver and kidney damage; nervous system and immune system problems
; convulsions; impaired fetal development; heart problems; coma; and death.
contact with trichloroethylene may cause irritation, burning and skin rashes. If trichloroethylene comes in contact with the eyes, it may cause eye damage
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of trichloroethylene exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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- Nausea: Overview
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- Trichloroethylene: Frequently Asked Questions