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Analysis of Urinary Metabolites of Sulfur Mustard in Two Individuals after Accidental Exposure

John R. Barr, Carrie L. Pierce, J. Richard Smith, Benedict R. Capacio, Adrian R. Woolfitt, Maria I. Solano, Joe V. Wooten, Sharon W. Lemire, Jerry D. Thomas, Doris H. Ash and David L. Ashley

in Journal of Analytical Toxicology

Volume 32, issue 1, pages 10-16
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 0146-4760
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1945-2403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jat/32.1.10
Analysis of Urinary Metabolites of Sulfur Mustard in Two Individuals after Accidental Exposure

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In July 2004, two individuals developed blisters after the destruction of a WWI-era munition. To determine the causative agent, urine samples were collected from both the highly blistered patient (patient 1; 6.5% of total body surface area) and patient 2, who had only one small blister. Their urine was analyzed for metabolites of known vesicants including sulfur mustard (HD), Lewisite (L1), and nitrogen mustards. The urine samples only tested positive for metabolites of HD. Additional metabolites were measured to confirm the exposure of sulfur mustard agent HD, including thiodiglycol (TDG), TDG-sulfoxide, and the bis-mercapturate of mustard sulfone. On day 2 after the exposure, patient 1 had a β-lyase metabolite level of 41 ng/mL, and patient 2 had a level of 2.6 ng/mL. Detectable levels of the β-lyase metabolite were observed in patient 1 for 11 days and in patient 2 for 7 days. Levels of TDG and both TDG and its sulfoxide measured together in the urine of patient 1 were found to be 24 ng/mL and 50 ng/mL, respectively, on day 2. The bis-mercapturate of mustard sulfone was detected in patient 1 (3.1 ng/mL) on day 2 but was not detected in samples taken on subsequent days.

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Subjects: Medical Toxicology ; Toxicology (Non-medical)

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