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VOLUME 23 , ISSUE 3 ( March, 2019 ) > List of Articles


Cyanide Toxicity!! Colour of Blood Says It All

Niranjana Panigrahi, Sai Praveen Haranath, MA Aleem, Y Srinivas, Sudeep Sirga, Ramkumar, K Sarala

Keywords : Cyanide poisoning, Cherry red venous blood, profound shock, cyanide antidot

Citation Information : Panigrahi N, Haranath SP, Aleem M, Srinivas Y, Sirga S, R, Sarala K. Cyanide Toxicity!! Colour of Blood Says It All. Indian J Crit Care Med 2019; 23 (3):155-156.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23141

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-03-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Cyanide toxicity is a fatal condition if not detected and treated in stipulated time1. Lack of rapid detection modalities, and nonspecific nature of clinical presentation make the diagnosis more challenging2. Cherry red colour of blood might be the only clue sometimes. We present a case of sudden onset altered sensorium which was detected as cyanide poisoning and treated successfully with antidots, on the basis of central venous blood colour and corroborative presentation.

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