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Acrolein is a toxic organic compound. It is a product of the combustion of wood or petroleum. It reacts with cells causing protein denaturation.

When inhaled, it has the effect of causing capillary leakage, bronchospasm and bronchorrhoea. It can cause conjunctival irritation.

It has been classified as a potential human carcinogen.

There is no test to prove exposure to acrolein. Treatment of inhalation is largely supportive.

Last reviewed 01/2018