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Resuscitation. 2008 Jul;78(1):92-6. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2008.02.017. Epub 2008 May 14.

Acute copper sulphate poisoning: a case report and literature review.

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Service d'Aide Médicale d'Urgence, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Purpan, Toulouse, France.


Voluntary copper poisoning is a rare mode of suicide. We report a case of copper sulphate poisoning in a patient presenting delusions with mystic demands for purification. The initial gastrointestinal symptoms were followed by intravascular haemolysis and renal failure. The course was favourable after symptomatic treatment and specific copper chelation therapy. However, the pathogenesis is not fully understood and with the present state of knowledge, no one treatment can be said to be superior to another. The authors discuss the various treatments of this rare poisoning through a review of the available literature.

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