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Anti-flatulence treatment and status epilepticus: a case of camphor intoxication.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18029526     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We describe a case of a young child who lived in Hong Kong who presented with a severe epilepticus status after a return flight to Paris. Routine laboratory tests failed to establish a cause. Upon further questioning, the parents reported that the nanny had given an abdominal massage to the child with an unlabelled solution reported to have anti-flatulence effects. Toxicological analysis of this solution revealed the presence of camphor. Although the highly toxic effects of camphor have long been established, the present case illustrates that camphor continues to be a source of paediatric exposure. This case highlights the importance of systematic questioning and recalls the extreme danger associated with camphor even when administered transcutaneously.
J Guilbert; C Flamant; F Hallalel; D Doummar; A Frata; S Renolleau
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine journal : EMJ     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1472-0213     ISO Abbreviation:  Emerg Med J     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-21     Completed Date:  2008-02-15     Revised Date:  2013-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100963089     Medline TA:  Emerg Med J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  859-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Trousseau Children's Hospital, 26 avenue du Dr A. Netter, 75012 Paris, France.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Cutaneous
Antifoaming Agents / poisoning*,  therapeutic use
Camphor / poisoning*,  therapeutic use
Flatulence / drug therapy
Skin Absorption
Status Epilepticus / chemically induced*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antifoaming Agents; 76-22-2/Camphor
Comment In:
Emerg Med J. 2009 Jan;26(1):76   [PMID:  19104118 ]
Emerg Med J. 2009 Mar;26(3):230   [PMID:  19234032 ]

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