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Hooch blindness: a community study report on a few indoor patients of toxic optic neuropathy following consumption of adulterated alcohol in West Bengal.
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PMID:  22344014     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Introduction: Hooch blindness following consumption of adulterated alcohol has been known for centuries. Objective: To study cases of mass alcohol intoxication followed by Hooch blindness in eastern India. Materials and methods: Ten patients of toxic amblyopia collected from a community mass intoxication following consumption of adulterated alcohol were studied. The parameters studied were the findings of ocular examination, applanation tonometry, automated perimetry and visual-evoked potential (VEP). As a part of the special investigations fundus photography and OCT were done. Routine blood examination, fasting lipid profile, postprandial blood sugar estimation were done . All patients were treated with injections of methyl prednisolone and Hydroxy cobalamine, antioxidants and local neuro-protective agents. Results: Along with diminished vision (from NPL to 3/60), marked pallor of the disc without any other retinal change were noted. The amplitude on VEP was significantly reduced. However, visual improvement (up to 6/18) in 7 patients was observed within 6 weeks of treatment. Conclusion: Hooch blindness in India can be prevented by creating awareness among the target population and reducing the cost of country liquor.
S K Samanta; K Fariduddin; N Mahapatra; J Bhunia; P Mondal
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nepalese journal of ophthalmology : a biannual peer-reviewed academic journal of the Nepal Ophthalmic Society : NEPJOPH     Volume:  4     ISSN:  2072-6805     ISO Abbreviation:  Nepal J Ophthalmol     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101505288     Medline TA:  Nepal J Ophthalmol     Country:  Nepal    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  162-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital. 32, Gora Chand Road, Kolkata 700014, West Bengal, India.
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