Glue Sniffing Causes Heart Block in Mice

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Science  20 Nov 1970:
Vol. 170, Issue 3960, pp. 866-868
DOI: 10.1126/science.170.3960.866


In mice, the inhalation of airplane glue or toluene fumes slows the sinoatrial rate, prolongs the P-R interval, and sensitizes the heart to asphyxia-induced atrioventricular block. In humans who sniff glue or solvents, similar mechanisms may be a cause of sudden death.

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