Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 1 decade ago

How dangerous is chloroform?

I mean the actual effects of it on the body - not the resulting action that can obviously take place if it falls into the wrong hands...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Central nervous system depression is the most prominent sign after acute exposure. Death may occur within few minutes of heavy exposure from respiratory arrest or from ventricular fibrillation (cardiac arrest). The prognosis is favorable if consciousness is recovered but liver and kidney damage may then develop. Less severe exposure causes dizziness, dilated pupils, nausea, and vomit. It can cause headache, impaired consciousness, convulsions, respiratory paralysis, dizziness, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are the feature of chloroform poisoning following ingestion There may be dizziness and short of breath following inhalation. Later, symptoms of liver and kidney may develop. The main of acute poisoning do not depend on the route of entry but rather on the amount of chloroform absorbed by the body.

  • 1 decade ago

    If too much is adminstered a person can die in minutes.It restricts oxygen and collapses lung activity which is how the brain is deprived of oxygen at that point putting 2 and 2 together should be easy.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This material causes cancer in laboratory animals, and is IARC listed as a probable human carcinogen. Inhalation and ingestion are harmful and may be fatal. May cause reproductive damage. Irritant. Exposure to alcohol may increase toxic effects. Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause dermatitis. Typical TLV 50 ppm.

    Its MSDS at http://ptcl.chem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/CH/chloroform.html

  • 1 decade ago

    Chloroform is a suspected carcinogen. So its potentially very dangerous!

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  • 1 decade ago

    for small exposure, nothing real bad, the fumes could make you feel light-headed, but you would have to have it sitting out in a beaker a long while with your head over it to feel the effects.

    A purposeful sniffing would make you pass out.

  • 1 decade ago

    if u are exposed to it for a little while, the worse that can happen is light-headedness and faint.

    but remember that almost all chemicals are dangerous if found in a large quantity or concentration.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    depends on the doesage! I had a question like this! Try to find my question on this site. but, in small doses it doesn't really "harm" the body. But long exposures and cause damage and even death.

  • 1 decade ago

    Well I don't know but I'm not trying it out just to give you an answer!

    Best regards, Coward of Cambridge

  • Joey
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    VERY aint like in the movies... You are not a doctor... if you piss about you could get yourself or someone killed or brain damage

  • 1 decade ago

    you can get some respiratory and brain damage. if you are around it, keep in a well-ventilated area.

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