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How is paint thinner poisoning diagnosed?

The diagnosis of paint thinner poisoning is based on a history of exposure to a hydrocarbon, symptoms of lung problems, and certain abnormal test results. Even if the victim is too ill to speak, hydrocarbon exposure may be suspected if a chemical odor or paint residue is noted or a suspicious container is nearby. The victim may develop respiratory symptoms, and they may continue to worsen for days after exposure to the hydrocarbon. A chest x-ray performed hours after the exposure may show signs of lung damage. Oximetry, a noninvasive test to measure oxygenation in the blood, may also be used to assess for damage to the lungs.

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What poses the risk of paint thinner poisoning?
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Exposure to substances that contain hydrocarbons poses a risk of paint thinner poisoning. Inhalation...
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What are the symptoms of paint thinner poisoning?
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What is paint thinner poisoning?
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How does paint thinner poisoning affect the body?
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