Issue Date: October 31, 2011
Detecting Pesticide Exposure
The only diagnostic routinely used by clinicians to confirm a pesticide poisoning case is a test that measures inhibition of the enzyme cholinesterase. The assay works well for diagnosing patients exposed to organophosphate pesticides, which dominated the pesticide market in the 1990s. But the use of organophosphate pesticides has been declining over the past decade as less toxic alternatives, such as pyrethroids, have become available. There are no diagnostic tests for these increasingly common alternatives.. . .
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