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VOLUME 11 , ISSUE 4 ( October, 2007 ) > List of Articles


Rhabdomyolysis due to hair dye poisoning: An emerging threat

Krishnaswamy Sampathkumar, Yesudas Santhakumari Sooraj, Rajappannair Prabha Ajeshkumar, Amol Ramesh Mahaldar, Ramakrishnan Muthiah

Keywords : Acute renal failure, hair dye, rhabdomyolysis

Citation Information : Sampathkumar K, Sooraj YS, Ajeshkumar RP, Mahaldar AR, Muthiah R. Rhabdomyolysis due to hair dye poisoning: An emerging threat. Indian J Crit Care Med 2007; 11 (4):212-214.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.37717

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-07-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2007; The Author(s).


Rhabdomyolysis can be caused by a variety of physical, chemical, metabolic, infective and toxic causes. We present two patients who developed rhabdomyolysis after consumption of hairdye containing paraphenylene diamine. Both of them developed renal, liver and respiratory failure requiring renal replacement. We were able to save one patient whereas the other died. Intentional hair dye poisoning is an emerging threat. Early recognition of the complications and prompt treatment is necessary for a successful outcome.

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