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Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology

, 7:17

First Online: 14 September 2012Received: 11 July 2012Accepted: 12 September 2012


Oxalic acid poisoning is being recognized as an emerging epidemic in the rural communities of Sri Lanka as it is a component of locally produced household laundry detergents. Herein we describe a case of a 32 year old female, presenting after direct ingestion of oxalic acid. She then went on to develop significant metabolic acidosis and acute renal failure, requiring dialysis. Renal biopsy revealed acute tubulointerstitial nephritis associated with diffuse moderate acute tubular damage with refractile crystals in some of the tubules. The patient symptomatically improved with haemodialysis and renal functions subsequently returned to normal.

KeywordsOxalic acid poisoning Acute renal failure Sri Lanka Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1745-6673-7-17 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Uditha Dassanayake - Christeine Ariaranee Gnanathasan


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