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Carbon monoxide poisoning: undetected by both patients and their doctors.
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PMID:  14960423     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Carbon monoxide poisoning represents a potentially preventable and reversible cause of mortality and morbidity if sources and cases can be identified. The elderly have been shown to be particularly at risk. Concerns continue to be raised about potential unrecognised cases of carbon monoxide poisoning. These concerns arise from difficulties in knowing who to suspect as a potential victim of poisoning as well as how, when and what to test. In general carbon monoxide has no helpful unique clinical presentation and is known to mimic common illnesses as well as exacerbate established diseases. As a gas it is undetectable by the human senses and is potentially present in most households. This paper reviews the issues associated with carbon monoxide poisoning including pointers to early diagnosis and discussion of pathophysiology and management.
Adam Harper; James Croft-Baker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Age and ageing     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0002-0729     ISO Abbreviation:  Age Ageing     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-02-12     Completed Date:  2004-08-19     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375655     Medline TA:  Age Ageing     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  105-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Elderly Medicine, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth BH7 7DW, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / diagnosis*,  etiology,  physiopathology,  therapy
Carboxyhemoglobin / analysis
Diagnosis, Differential
Emergency Service, Hospital
Hyperbaric Oxygenation
Practice Guidelines as Topic
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