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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 20(5); 2009 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2009;20(5): 585-589.
Severe Glyphosate Intoxication with a Laryngopharyngeal Corrosive Injury
Kyoung Ho Choi, Buyng Hak So, Kyu Nam Park
Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. emsky@catholic.ac.kr
ABSTRACT
Glyphosate is an herbicide that is used worldwide. Suicidal attempts with a glyphosate-surfactant herbicides (GlySH) are on the rise. The severity of corrosive injuries is thought to have a close correlation with a higher complication rate or pulmonary aspiration. We report a case with multiple toxic effects associated with a severe laryngopharyngeal corrosive injury following GlySH intoxciation. Specifically, a severe laryngopharyngeal corrosive injury might be significantly associated with the toxic effects and complications, including respiratory failure and chemical pneumonia, bleeding tendency, increased BUN/Cr ratio, and frequent aspiration due to dysphagia. Appropriate evaluation and management of corrosive injuries may be helpful in caring for GlySH-intoxicated patients.
Key words: Glyphosate, Herbicides, Poisoning, Corrosive injury
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