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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Apr;25(4):252-4. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31819e3690.

Hemolytic anemia induced by ingestion of paradichlorobenzene mothballs.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Memorial Hospital, York, PA, USA.


Hemolytic anemia and methemoglobinemia are well-known adverse effects that follow ingestion of naphthalene mothballs. They are only rarely reported in association with ingestion of paradichlorobenzene mothballs. An asymptomatic boy presented to our pediatric emergency department after ingesting paradichlorobenzene mothballs. Three daysafter the ingestion, the boy returned with hemolysis and mild methemoglobinemia.

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