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VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 4 ( October, 2012 ) > List of Articles

CASE REPORT

Acute barium intoxication following ingestion of soap water solution

Nandita Joshi, Chhavi Sarabpreert Sharma, Sai, Jai Prakash Sharma

Keywords : Barium, hypokalemia, poisoning

Citation Information : Joshi N, Sharma CS, S, Sharma JP. Acute barium intoxication following ingestion of soap water solution. Indian J Crit Care Med 2012; 16 (4):238-240.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.106513

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-10-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

We present a rare case in which a young girl ingested a solution of a hair-removing soap. The ingestion resulted in profound hypokalemia and severe acidosis leading to flaccid paralysis, respiratory arrest and ventricular arrhythmias. Ultimately the patient made complete recovery. The soapwas found to contain barium sulfide. The degree of paralysis and acidosis appeared to be directly related to serum potassium levels.


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