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Ann Fr Anesth Reanim. 1999 Apr;18(4):454-7.

[Barium sulfate poisoning?].

[Article in French]

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Département d'anesthésie-réanimation chirurgicale, CHU La Cavale Blanche, Brest, France.


We report a case with neurologic symptoms which occurred after iterative radiologic examinations of the gastrointestinal tract with barium sulphate, which were related to a barium encephalopathy. Suspected by the presence of barium in the blood, a systematic intoxication was occurred without any evidence for a gut or a vascular leak. This case raises the question about a possible extraluminal diffusion of such a heavy metal, given orally, in normal conditions of use.

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