Neuropsychological function following mild exposure to pentaborane

R. P. Hart, J. J. Silverman, L. K. Garrettson, C. Schulz, R. M. Hamer

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Neuropsychological tests and self‐report personality inventories were administered to 14 workers and rescue squad personnel approximately 2 months following mild exposure to pentaborane, a highly toxic volatile liquid boron hydride. Performance decrements were evident on 5 of 11 neuropsychological tests, including Block Design and measures of sustained attention and recent memory. Neuropsychological deficits were not related to emotional changes reported on the Hopkins Symptom Checklist nor to the presence of CT scan abnormality. These results indicate mild residual brain dysfunction following pentaborane intoxication, including possible dysfunction in subcortical regions mediating memory processes and in cortical areas mediating visuo‐spatial abilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984


  • boranes
  • neuropsychological dysfunction
  • pentaborane
  • psychological testing
  • toxic exposure


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