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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 137-139

A fatal case of menthol poisoning


Department of Emergency Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Nayer Jamshed
Department of Emergency Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi - 110 029
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.179015

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Menthol is a monocyclic terpene alcohol, which is present naturally in peppermint and can be synthesized artificially as well. Generally, it is considered as very safe and has wide usage in medicine and food. There are case reports of toxicity due to excessive consumption of menthol, but a fatal intoxication has never been reported in the medical literature. We present a case of fatal menthol intoxication in a worker, who accidently got exposed when he was working in a peppermint factory. Emergency physicians must keep in mind this extremely rare manifestation of menthol poisoning. All necessary precaution should be taken to reduce its intake or exposure, as it has no specific antidote. Early recognition and supportive treatment of this poisoning is the key for a successful outcome.


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