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A fatal case of gun blue ingestion in a toddler.
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PMID:  10750175     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Acute selenium poisoning occurs infrequently. The form of selenium encountered plays a great role in toxicity. Several fatalities have been reported and all but I involved ingestion of selenious acid or selenium dioxide. A healthy 22-mo-old male ingested up to 15 ml of Gun Blue solution (selenious acid). Initially he was pink, alert, and combative in the ambulance but his condition rapidly deteriorated. There was no measurable blood pressure, his oxygen saturation was 84% by pulse oximetry, and his mental status deteriorated to require hand ventilation. The child was cyanotic, unresponsive, and without palpable pulses upon presentation. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was initiated unsuccessfully and was terminated after 35 minutes.
D A Quadrani; H A Spiller; D Steinhorn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Veterinary and human toxicology     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0145-6296     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet Hum Toxicol     Publication Date:  2000 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-05-12     Completed Date:  2000-05-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7704194     Medline TA:  Vet Hum Toxicol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Kentucky Regional Poison Center, Louisville 40232-5070, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / drug effects
Brain / drug effects
Fatal Outcome
Lung / drug effects
Selenious Acid / poisoning*
Selenium / blood
Ventricular Fibrillation / chemically induced
Reg. No./Substance:
7782-49-2/Selenium; 7783-00-8/Selenious Acid

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