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Acute carbolic acid poisoning: A report of four cases

Rajiv Sinha, Prabhas Prasun Giri, Saumen Meur, Shalini Sikka

Keywords : Acute kidney injury, carbolic acid, phenol, poisoning

Citation Information : Sinha R, Giri P P, Meur S, Sikka S. Acute carbolic acid poisoning: A report of four cases. Indian J Crit Care Med 2016; 20 (11):668-670.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.194014

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-10-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).


Phenol (carbolic acid) is one of the oldest antiseptic agents. Apart from being used in many commercially available products, in rural India, it is often used in the household to prevent snake infestation. We hereby present four cases of acute carbolic acid poisoning which we saw over the last monsoon. The cases highlight the multiple routes of absorption of carbolic acid as well as its multi-organ complications which often necessitate intensive care of local therapy decreases systemic phenol absorption from cutaneous exposure and may help in reducing severity.

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