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


Acute barium intoxication following ingestion of soap water solution

Nandita Joshi, Chhavi Sarabpreert Sharma, Sai

Keywords : Barium, hypokalemia, poisoning

Citation Information : Joshi N, Sharma CS, S. 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: 01-07-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; The Author(s).


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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