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Subject: By what mechanism does hydrofluoric acid cause death?

Date: Fri May 1 07:48:40 1998
Posted by Bob Allen
Grade level: undergrad
School: U. Of Memphis
City: Memphis State/Province: TN
Country: USA
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 894026920.Me

Recent episode of ER (based I think on Nov incident in New York 
involving a sanitation worker killed when a drum of HF ruptured and he 
inhaled the vapor as well as being exposed to liquid.  In episode they 
mentioned that HF combined with calcium in blood? (bones) resulting in 
heart failure.  Missed the explanation on the show (if one was given).  
Would appreciate it if could help.  


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