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Remember 'a posteriori diagnosis' of carbon monoxide poisoning.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16175069     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To raise awareness of the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning as a diagnosis in the emergency department and to present the little known fact that it is possible to diagnose carbon monoxide poisoning retrospectively. METHOD: Presentation of a case report, review of the literature. RESULTS: Persistence of elevated carboxyhaemoglobin levels in a stored vacutainer blood sample. CONCLUSION: Carbon monoxide poisoning is common but often goes unrecognized. This method may help to decrease the number of overlooked cases and thereby possibly prevent further exposure and acute or chronic sequelae.
Andreas Perren; Claudio Marone
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0969-9546     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-21     Completed Date:  2006-02-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9442482     Medline TA:  Eur J Emerg Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  259-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Intensive Care Unit, Ospedale Regionale Bellinzona e Valli, Bellinzona, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / diagnosis*
Carboxyhemoglobin / analysis*
Clinical Competence*
Diagnostic Errors*
Emergency Service, Hospital
Time Factors
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