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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organochlorine pesticides

Diseases linked to this toxicant    Grouped by strength of evidence

Strong Evidence


Good Evidence

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

Decreased coordination / dysequilibrium

Fetotoxicity (miscarriage / spontaneous abortion, stillbirth)

Immune suppression

Low birth weight / small for gestational age / intra-uterine growth retardation

Lymphoma (non-Hodgkin's)

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

Peripheral neuropathy

Porphyria (toxic)

Prostate cancer


Spasticity / myoclonus

Limited Evidence

Abnormal sperm (morphology, motility, and sperm count)

Acute hepatocellular injury (hepatitis)s

Adult-onset leukemias

Altered sex ratio

Altered time to sexual maturation (accelerated or delayed puberty)

Aplastic anemia

Autoimmune antibodies (positive ANA, anti-DNA, RF, etc.)

Bladder cancer

Breast cancer

Bronchitis - acute

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Colorectal cancer

Decreased vision (includes blindness, retinopathy, optic neuropathy)

Gallbladder cancer

Hepatocellular cancer (liver cancer)

Hodgkin's disease (lymphoma)

Lung cancer

Lymphoma (non-Hodgkin's)

Parkinson's disease / movement disorders

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

Reduced fertility - female (infertility and subfertility)

Soft tissue sarcomas

Testicular cancer

Thyroid disorders - hypothyroidism


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