Toxicant and Disease Database

The CHE Toxicant and Disease Database is a searchable database that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and approximately 180 human diseases or conditions. Diseases and or toxicants can be viewed by utilizing the search options below. See a full description of the database and our methodology.

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carbon disulfide

CAS number: 75-15-0

Diseases linked to this toxicant    Grouped by strength of evidence

Strong Evidence

Cognitive impairment (includes impaired learning, impaired memory, and decreased attention span) / mental retardation / developmental delay

Coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerosis

Decreased coordination / dysequilibrium

Hearing loss

Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Myocardial infarction (heart attack)

Psychiatric disturbances (disorientation, hallucinations, psychosis, delirium, paranoias, anxiety/depression, emotional lability, mood changes, euphoria)

Reduced fertility - male (infertility and subfertility)

Good Evidence

Abnormal sperm (morphology, motility, and sperm count)

Adult-onset leukemias


Color vision disturbance

Decreased vision (includes blindness, retinopathy, optic neuropathy)

Dyslipidemia, hypercholesterolemia

Erectile dysfunction

Fetotoxicity (miscarriage / spontaneous abortion, stillbirth)

Lymphoma (non-Hodgkin's)

Menstrual disorders (abnormal bleeding, short cycles, long cycles, irregular cycles, painful periods)

Parkinson's disease / movement disorders

Peripheral neuropathy

Limited Evidence

Chronic renal disease

Congenital malformations - general

Cranio-facial malformations

Early onset menopause


Hormonal changes (levels of circulating sex hormones - FSH/LH, Inhibin, and/or estrogens, progesterones, androgens, prolactin)

Nephrotic syndrome

Preterm delivery

Thyroid disorders - hypothyroidism


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