Manganese Poisoning Treatment

When high levels of manganese exposure results in instances of manganism or manganese poisoning chelation therapy is often used. Chelation therapy has been a widely used medical treatment for heavy metal poisoning, including manganism. Used as the predominant heavy metal poisoning treatment, chelation therapy works by intravenously administering EDTA and the drug will travel through the body gathering the manganese and carries it through the bloodstream where it will later be washed out in the urine.

The intravenous solution of EDTA will enter your bloodstream and take around 48 hours for the body to rid itself of the manganese. Chelation therapy is complicated and can only be performed by a professional trained in this area. The use of chelation therapy has always been controversial due to the few studies performed on humans. The FDA long ago approved the use of chelation therapy as a heavy metal poisoning treatment but the manganese poisoning treatment plan should be discussed with a qualified physician first.

Chronic exposure to manganese can result in symptoms similar to Parkinson’s Disease, a serious and progressive impairment or deterioration of nerve cells in the brain. Common characteristics of manganism, the chronic exposure to high levels of manganese, can include:

  • Slow movements
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Tremors
  • Leg cramps
  • Poor balance
  • Rigidity
  • Walking problems

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