Antimony in urine (SBU)
Atitmone in Serum (SB)
Department: Occupational and Environmental Medicine Elements Toxicology
Antimony poisoning from acute or chronic exposure is characterized by abdominal pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, dermatitis and eye irritation. Inhalation is the main route of occupational exposure.
Antimony, which is used industrially in pigments, abrasives, and for flame retardants, is mainly used in the form of inorganic salts. Various organic salts of antimony are available as parasiticides. The metallic form of antimony is used in many alloys.
Many antimony compounds are highly toxic. The symptoms of antimony poisoning are similar to those of arsenic poisoning. For drinking water, the EU has set a limit of 5 μg per liter.