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Dioxin Toxicity and Chloracne in the Ukraine

March 2005 | Volume 4 | Issue 2 | Original Article | 148 | Copyright © March 2005


J. Barton Sterling MD, C. William Hanke MD MPH FACP

Abstract
Dioxin toxicity can lead to severe cutaneous and systemic disease. The poisoning of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko dramatically illustrates the damage dioxin can inflict. The hallmark of dioxin toxicity is chloracne and should alert the clinician to this diagnosis, which can be confirmed by blood tests. Olestra, a non-absorbable, non-digestible fat substitute is a promising new treatment to lower systemic dioxin levels.