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VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 1 ( January, 2012 ) > List of Articles


Methemoglobinemia as a result of accidental lacquer thinner poisoning

Ranju Singh, Homay Vajifdar, Stalin Vinayagam

Keywords : Methemoglobinemia, methylene blue, thinner intoxication

Citation Information : Singh R, Vajifdar H, Vinayagam S. Methemoglobinemia as a result of accidental lacquer thinner poisoning. Indian J Crit Care Med 2012; 16 (1):44-47.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.94435

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2018

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


Lacquer thinner, commonly used for removing household paints, is known to contain a mixture of various aromatic hydrocarbons, halogenated hydrocarbons and naptha; if ingested, it may cause methemoglobinemia. We report two cases who presented to us with a history of accidental ingestion of paint thinner. Both the patients had very high levels of methemoglobin and were treated with methylene blue (MB), but did not respond to the MB therapy. One of them received an exchange transfusion followed again by MB and survived. Unfortunately the other patient succumbed to the poisoning.

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