Toxicological aspects of the exposure to ethylene oxide

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.

Ethylene oxide; Esterilization; Risk

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