Pearls and pitfalls in the approach to patients with neurotoxic syndromes

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Neurotoxins are an important cause of neurologic disorders. A vast number of potentially neurotoxic compounds exist, including prescription drugs, illicit substances, and exposures through the workplace, residence, hobbies, and the environment. Effects of neurotoxins can mimic neurologic illnesses; therefore, it is important to consider neurotoxins in the differential diagnosis of any patient with neurological dysfunction. Paramount to the diagnosis of a possible neurotoxic syndrome is establishing causation. This can be done by a systematic approach utilizing principles in epidemiology and applying them to the individual patient. This approach is discussed in the following article in an attempt to bring structure to solving problems in a complex area of medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-416
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in neurology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001


  • Clinical approach
  • Epidemiology
  • Neurotoxicology
  • Neurotoxins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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