Purchase Solution

Chromium and its effects upon Ingestion

Not what you're looking for?

Ask Custom Question

Please help summarize the mechansim of action of sodium dichromate upon human ingestion.

Also what does the interaction of copper sulfate with sodium dichromate do in a water situation? Does it change Cr (VI) to Cr (III)?

Purchase this Solution

Solution Summary

Chromium's effects upon ingestion are explored in the solution.

Solution Preview

Upon ingestion, sodium dichromate enters the gastrointestinal tract, inducing abdominal pain,burning sensation, diarrhea, nausea, shock or collapse and vomiting.Chromium is not biotransformed, but Cr(VI) undergoes enzymatic reduction, resulting in the formation of reactive intermediates and Cr(III) (Hamilton and Wetterhahn, 1988). The main routes for the excretion of chromium are via the kidneys/urine and the bile/feces; minor routes include milk, sweat, hair, and nails (Guthrie, 1982; Langard, 1982). Studies in humans and/or animals have ...

Purchase this Solution

Free BrainMass Quizzes
Match Elements with their Symbols

Elements are provided: choose the matching one- or two-letter symbol for each element.

Functional groups in Organic Chemistry

You will be tested on the names of functional groups in Organic Chemistry. It is very important to know the functional groups to understand Organic reactions.

Organic Chemistry Naming: Alkanes

This is a quiz which is designed to assist students with learning the nomenclature used to identify organic compounds. This quiz focuses on the organic compounds called Alkanes.


The quiz helps in revising basic concepts about thermochemistry.