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Risk to anaesthetists from chemical linked to Parkinson’s disease – The Guardian

Letter: Trichloroethylene was used as a general anaesthetic agent, and chronic exposure over a career could have led to Parkinson’s

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We have received reports that anaesthetists exposed to trichloroethylene (TCE) may develop Parkinsons disease (Rates of Parkinsons disease are exploding. A common chemical may be to blame, 7 April). TCE was used as a general anaesthetic agent from the 1940s to the early 80s (when it was known by its tradename Trilene). If so, the presumption is that it would be chronic exposure over the course of a career that would present the greatest risk, and there has been no suggestion that patients receiving…

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