Arsenic in a Child's World

Ann Pike-Paris, MS, RN


Pediatr Nurs. 2004;30(3) 

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Postscript-Case Study

Tim P. was diagnosed with chronic arsenic exposure, confirmed by 24-hour-urine testing. He was treated with DMSA and retested. Mrs. P. also administered arsenicum album, a homeopathic remedy, over a 3-month period. The diarrhea has not re-occurred in the past 7 months. Today, Tim still experiences some headaches and nausea, but no bloody diarrhea. He is back in school, succeeding academically and in sports. The family deck is being sealed every 2 years to try to contain the leaching of the arsenic. There is no way to know what the long-term effects will be for this young man.

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