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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 23(3); 2012 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2012;23(3): 443-447.
A Case of Successful Treatment for Acute Complication Caused by Ingestion of a Large Amount of Glacial Acetic Acid
Hee Bae Wang, Jung Hyun Kim, Tae Ho Kim, Tae Hyung Kim, Jung Seok Park, Kyung Pyo Cho, Jae Sung Lee
Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul Red Cross Hospital, Seoul, Korea. witchgirl3@hanmail.net
Glacial acetic acid, a caustic substance of strong acidity, can easily be found in our daily lives; sometimes, it is drunk for the purpose of suicide, or it can be misjudged as a beverage. Glacial acetic acid is corrosive and toxic, therefore, even a tiny amount may cause fatal damage, such as gastrointestinal injury and systemic complication. A 66-year-old male patient, based on the wrong information, that glacial acetic acid is a healthy beverage, ingested 250 mL of 99% glacial acetic acid. Complications included gastric perforation, hemolysis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, acute renal failure, and liver dysfunction. We achieved successful treatment through performance of emergency surgery and hemodialysis on the patient, who had ingested a more than fatal dose of glacial acetic acid; herein, we would like to report on the case along with a review of the literature.
Key words: Glacial acetic acid, Complication, Hemodialysis, Perforation
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