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Cases Journal

, 2:52

First Online: 14 January 2009Received: 25 December 2008Accepted: 14 January 2009DOI: 10.1186-1757-1626-2-52

Cite this article as: Wu, CT., Huang, JL. & Hsia, SH. Cases Journal 2009 2: 52. doi:10.1186-1757-1626-2-52


IntroductionCarbon monoxide CO is a colorless, odorless gas produced as a by-product of incomplete combustion, and a common source is the fuel used for heating water in homes. The clinical presentation of CO poisoning may be mild, moderate, or severe.

Case presentationThis paper describes carbon monoxide CO poisoning in a 15-year-old child who suffered from severe cardiopulmonary compromise without overt neuropsychiatric sequelae. This occurred after he was exposed to a home heater producing high levels of carbon monoxide for an estimated six to eight hours. CO-induced cardiopulmonary compromise is infrequent in children.

ConclusionIn this case, prolonged exposure to CO resulted in a high carboxyhemoglobin COHb concentration, but the child recovered without overt sequelae, despite severe cardiopulmonary compromise.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1757-1626-2-52 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Chang-Teng Wu - Jing-Long Huang - Shao-Hsuan Hsia


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