Journal of Clinical Toxicology

Journal of Clinical Toxicology
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ISSN: 2161-0495

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Chun Fa Huang

Chun Fa Huang
School of Chinese Medicine, College of Chinese Medicine,
No.91 Hsueh-Shih Rd, Taichung 40402
People's Republic of China

  • Case Report
    The Last Dinner: Fatality of 2-Chloroethanol Intoxication
    Author(s): Dong Zong Hung, Hon-Pin Lee and Chun Fa HuangDong Zong Hung, Hon-Pin Lee and Chun Fa Huang

    Objective: 2-Chloroethanol (2-CE) is a solvent with a LD50 of 58 mg/kg orally in rats. In rare condition, grape farmers in Taiwan apply it on grapevines to hasten sprouting and can land themselves in potentially lethal conditions. Severe intoxication presenting with hypotension, respiratory failure, seizure, coma or mortality can occur in 24 hours even only skin or inhalational exposure. It is hard to make the correct diagnosis in cases of unknown contamination history due to lack of specific clinical signs/symptoms or availability of routine laboratory tests. Cases report: In July 2011, two couples (2 males 2 females, 40-58 years old) in Nantou County of Taiwan suffered from nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, consciousness change and suspected convulsions 6-12 hours after dining and drinking together. One case was noted to be dead on ar.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2161-0495.1000314

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