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Carbon monoxide poisoning: easy to treat but difficult to recognise.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8796209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a common medical emergency and a frequent cause of deliberate or accidental death. It can cause acute and chronic central nervous system damage which may be minimised by prompt treatment with 100% oxygen or hyperbaric oxygen therapy. However, recognition of this intoxication can be difficult. Failure to diagnose it may have disastrous effects on the patient, and other members of the household who could subsequently become intoxicated. Guidance on the correct diagnosis of this condition is provided in the light of a number of studies screening emergency room populations. Guidelines for treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are also reviewed.
M V Balzan; G Agius; A Galea Debono
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medical journal     Volume:  72     ISSN:  0032-5473     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med J     Publication Date:  1996 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-11     Completed Date:  1996-10-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234135     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  470-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, St Luke's Hospital, Guardamangia, Malta.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Diseases / chemically induced
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / complications,  diagnosis*,  therapy
Carboxyhemoglobin / analysis
Hyperbaric Oxygenation
Mental Disorders / chemically induced
Oxygen / therapeutic use
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
7782-44-7/Oxygen; 9061-29-4/Carboxyhemoglobin
Comment In:
Postgrad Med J. 1997 Jul;73(861):448   [PMID:  9338043 ]
Postgrad Med J. 1997 Mar;73(857):189   [PMID:  9135847 ]

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