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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning : A Disease of a Thousand Faces

Jeffrey Fisher, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: New York, NY 
 ,  Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital–Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Correspondence to: Jeffrey Fisher, MD, FCCP, 311 East 72nd Street, New York, NY 10021



Chest. 1999;115(2):322-323. doi:10.1378/chest.115.2.322
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Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless product of incomplete fuel combustion, whose ubiquitous but silent presence accounts for it being the leading cause of poisoning death in the United States. CO poisoning may account for as many as 5,000 deaths each year in the United States, with an additional 10,000 patients seeking medical attention for toxic exposure.1 CO poisoning may be deliberate (as reported in this issue of CHEST [see page 580]) or accidental; in the latter case, it may be acute,2 subacute,3 or chronic.4


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