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Revista de Saúde Pública

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Abstract

PRAT MARIN, Andrés  and  SANZ GALLEN, Pedro. Toxicological aspects of the exposure to ethylene oxide. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1987, vol.21, n.6, pp. 523-528. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101987000600009.

Some important aspects of the use of ethylene oxide as a sterilizing agent for medical instruments are reviewed in this paper. Toxic, mutagenic, teratogenic and carcinogenic effects are the main risks described and emphasis it given to preventive mesures.

Keywords : Ethylene oxide [toxicity]; Esterilization; Risk.

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