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This medical case report describes the first reported instance of occupational skin contamination with a uranyl nitrate solution containing highly enriched uranium. The report provides an overview of the unique medical treatment and management considerations in such a case. Internal dose assessment is covered in detail. The discussion covers key points regarding uranium characteristics, chemical and radiological damage to body tissues from HEU exposure, and resources available for assistance with a case of radiological contamination. This information adds to the limited medical literature on this topic and provides a valuable reference for medical personnel when dealing with this uncommon problem.


Ross A Mullinax, Bart O Iddins, Michael A Alday, David A McLaughlin. Occupational Contamination with a Highly Enriched Uranium Solution. Health physics. 2020 Sep;119(3):322-326

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PMID: 32301861

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