Background: Diagostic imaging can help in the management of toxicology emergencies. The authors report on a patient who presented to the emergency department with coma and suppressed respirations after ingestion of an unknown substance. Methods: Ingestion of chloroform with radiopaque material in the bowel on abdominal radiograph was documented. The patient was treated with haemoperfusion, activated charcoal, and laxatives to decrease the toxicities. Results: Hepatotoxicity occurred on post-ingestion day 3 and elevation of liver enzymes reached peak levels on post-ingestion day 5. The patient received N-acetylsystein and supportive care during hospitalisation. The patient improved from hepatic dysfunction and was discharged without complication on post-ingestion day 11. Conclusion: Radiographic studies in toxicology may confirm a diagnosis and assist in therapeutic intervention.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine