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 tetrachloride

CAS number: 56-23-5

Diseases linked to this toxicant    Grouped by strength of evidence

Strong Evidence

Acute hepatocellular injury (hepatitis)s

Acute tubular necrosis


Steatosis (fatty liver)

Good Evidence

Adult-onset leukemias

Aplastic anemia


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

Childhood leukemias

Hearing loss

Lymphoma (non-Hodgkin's)

Porphyria (toxic)


Limited Evidence

Brain cancer - adult

Fetotoxicity (miscarriage / spontaneous abortion, stillbirth)

Hepatocellular cancer (liver cancer)

Immune suppression

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

Melanoma (skin cancer)

Nephrotic syndrome

Oral clefts (cleft lip and palate)

Pancreatic cancer


Renal (kidney) cancer


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