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Camphor ingestion for abortion (case report).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9306672     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The case of a 16-year-old girl who ingested 30 g of camphor dissolved with 250 ml wine to induce abortion is reported. The girl started vomiting 45 min after ingestion, which may have saved her life. Camphor is present in a number of over-the-counter medications, mainly for external application, and is readily available in drugstores. The substance is highly toxic and rapid in onset. The reported human lethal dose is 50 to 500 mg kg-1. Camphor ingestion may lead to abortion because camphor crosses the placenta and fetuses lack the enzymes to hydroxylate and conjugate with glucuronic acid. The girl was charged with intended abortion.
W Rabl; F Katzgraber; M Steinlechner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0379-0738     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  1997 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-21     Completed Date:  1997-10-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  137-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Innsbruck, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Criminal*
Abortion, Spontaneous / chemically induced*
Abortion, Therapeutic
Camphor / poisoning*
Vomiting / chemically induced*
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