What health effects are linked to tricholorethylene (TCE)?

Occupational exposures to TCE have been linked to:


  • Several adult cancers including kidney cancer, liver cancer, cervical cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma;
  • Liver and kidney damage;
  • Impaired immune system function and scleroderma;
  • Neurological effects such as Parkinsonism, memory loss, attention deficit, and delayed reaction time; and
  • Skin disorders.


TCE-contaminated drinking water has been linked to:


  • Childhood leukemia in two studies;
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in one study;
  • Deficits in specific neurobehavioral tests in one study (drinking water was contaminated with a mixture of VOCs including TCE and PCE);
  • Neural tube defects and cleft lip and palate in one study;
  • Heart defects in one study;
  • Fetal death in one study; and
  • Infants small for gestational age in two studies.

The level of TCE in drinking water that may cause cancer or other health problems is not known.


Source: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/Lejeune/faq_chemicals.html