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Neurology and Public Health
May 2004

Therapy for Nerve Agent Poisoning

Author Affiliations

From the Chemical Casualty Care Division, US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Aberdeen Proving Ground, and the Department of Neurology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.



Arch Neurol. 2004;61(5):649-652. doi:10.1001/archneur.61.5.649

Neurologists need to familiarize themselves with nerve agents, the most toxic of the chemical warfare agents. Their mode of action lies within the nervous system, and nonneurologists will look to neurologists for expert advice on therapy. These agents cause rapid-onset cholinergic crisis amenable to prompt treatment with specific antidotes. Experience on the battlefield and in terrorist attacks demonstrates that therapy saves lives.