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J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2018 Jul-Sep;11(3):228-229. doi: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_21_18.

Camphor Poisoning: A Rare Cause of Acute Symptomatic Seizures in Children.

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Department of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Amrita University, Kochi, Kerala, India.


Camphor is a toxic compound easily available over the counter, which can cause fatal seizures in children when ingested. It is available in several forms and is commonly used in Indian households, especially for religious rituals and for its cough-suppressive and nasal-decongestant effect. The toxic effect remains unknown in most homes. Seizures are usually well controlled with intravenous benzodiazepines, and recurrences of seizures are rarely reported.


Camphor; over the counter; poisoning; seizures; toxicity

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