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Year : 2017 | Month : April | Volume : 11 | Issue : 4 | Page : OD01 - OD02

A Successfully Treated Case of Criminal Thallium Poisoning

Tetsuya Yumoto, Kohei Tsukahara, Hiromichi Naito, Atsuyoshi Iida, Atsunori Nakao

1. Faculty, Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan. 2. Faculty, Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan. 3. Faculty, Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan. 4. Faculty, Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan. 5. Faculty, Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Tetsuya Yumoto,
2-5-1 Shikata Cho, Okayama-700-0914, Japan.
E-mail: tetsujaam@yahoo.co.jp

Abstract

Thallium was once commonly used as a household rodent or ant killer, but many countries have banned such use due to unintentional or criminal poisonings of humans. A common initial clinical manifestation of thallium poisoning is gastrointestinal symptoms followed by delayed onset of neurological symptoms and alopecia. These clinical characteristics can provide important diagnostic clues regarding thallium poisoning. Here, we report a 23-year-old woman who was poisoned by a business colleague when she unknowingly drank tea containing the toxic substance several times. The patient was treated with multi-dose activated charcoal with airway protection and Prussian blue.

Keywords

Alopecia, Haemodialysis, Neuropathy, Prussian blue

How to cite this article :

Tetsuya Yumoto, Kohei Tsukahara, Hiromichi Naito, Atsuyoshi Iida, Atsunori Nakao. A SUCCESSFULLY TREATED CASE OF CRIMINAL THALLIUM POISONING. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 April [cited: 2017 Apr 25 ]; 11:OD01-OD02. Available from
http://www.jcdr.net/back_issues.asp?issn=0973-709x&year=2017&month=April&volume=11&issue=4&page=OD01-OD02&id=9494

DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/24286.9494

Date of Submission: Sep 25, 2016
Date of Peer Review: Nov 11, 2016
Date of Acceptance: Dec 28, 2016
Date of Publishing: Apr 01, 2017


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