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Crit Care Resusc. 2012 Mar;14(1):56-9.

Two cases of toxic methanol ingestion, one leading to brain death: case reports and a brief review.

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  • 1Nepean Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.


Two patients were admitted sequentially to a rural emergency department, then transferred to a tertiary intensive care unit, both with serious methanol poisoning from home-brewed alcohol. They were intubated, mechanically ventilated, and treated with intravenous and nasogastric ethanol and continuous venovenous haemodiafiltration. Although quite similar in presentation, metabolic complications and therapy, one patient became brain dead due to severe cerebral oedema, while the other was discharged without any significant complications. Their course highlights the importance of early treatment of non-ethanol alcohol poisoning.

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