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Calcium carbide poisoning via food in childhood.
J Emerg Med 2007; 32(2):179-80JE

Abstract

The fast ripening of fruits means they may contain various harmful properties. A commonly used agent in the ripening process is calcium carbide, a material most commonly used for welding purposes. Calcium carbide treatment of food is extremely hazardous because it contains traces of arsenic and phosphorous. Once dissolved in water, the carbide produces acetylene gas. Acetylene gas may affect the neurological system by inducing prolonged hypoxia. The findings are headache, dizziness, mood disturbances, sleepiness, mental confusion, memory loss, cerebral edema and seizures. We report the case of a previously healthy 5 year-old girl with no chronic disease history who was transferred to our Emergency Department with an 8-h history of coma and delirium. A careful history from her father revealed that the patient ate unripe dates treated with calcium carbide.

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Department of Pediatric Neurology, Erciyes University Medical Faculty, Kayseri, Turkey.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17307629

Citation

Per, Hüseyin, et al. "Calcium Carbide Poisoning Via Food in Childhood." The Journal of Emergency Medicine, vol. 32, no. 2, 2007, pp. 179-80.
Per H, Kurtoğlu S, Yağmur F, et al. Calcium carbide poisoning via food in childhood. J Emerg Med. 2007;32(2):179-80.
Per, H., Kurtoğlu, S., Yağmur, F., Gümüş, H., Kumandaş, S., & Poyrazoğlu, M. H. (2007). Calcium carbide poisoning via food in childhood. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 32(2), pp. 179-80.
Per H, et al. Calcium Carbide Poisoning Via Food in Childhood. J Emerg Med. 2007;32(2):179-80. PubMed PMID: 17307629.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Calcium carbide poisoning via food in childhood. AU - Per,Hüseyin, AU - Kurtoğlu,Selim, AU - Yağmur,Fatih, AU - Gümüş,Hakan, AU - Kumandaş,Sefer, AU - Poyrazoğlu,M Hakan, Y1 - 2007/01/22/ PY - 2005/03/10/received PY - 2005/10/27/revised PY - 2006/05/30/accepted PY - 2007/2/20/pubmed PY - 2007/5/4/medline PY - 2007/2/20/entrez SP - 179 EP - 80 JF - The Journal of emergency medicine JO - J Emerg Med VL - 32 IS - 2 N2 - The fast ripening of fruits means they may contain various harmful properties. A commonly used agent in the ripening process is calcium carbide, a material most commonly used for welding purposes. Calcium carbide treatment of food is extremely hazardous because it contains traces of arsenic and phosphorous. Once dissolved in water, the carbide produces acetylene gas. Acetylene gas may affect the neurological system by inducing prolonged hypoxia. The findings are headache, dizziness, mood disturbances, sleepiness, mental confusion, memory loss, cerebral edema and seizures. We report the case of a previously healthy 5 year-old girl with no chronic disease history who was transferred to our Emergency Department with an 8-h history of coma and delirium. A careful history from her father revealed that the patient ate unripe dates treated with calcium carbide. SN - 0736-4679 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17307629/Calcium_carbide_poisoning_via_food_in_childhood_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0736-4679(06)00674-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -