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Ocular injuries from shake and bake methamphetamine labs.
PURPOSETo review ocular injuries resulting from "shake and bake" methamphetamine labs.
METHODRetrospective case series of 4 patients with ocular injuries sustained from "shake and bake" lab explosions.
RESULTSFour men ages 20-39 underwent complete ophthalmologic examination after an injury from a "shake and bake" methamphetamine lab explosion.The mechanism of injury was initially misrepresented in each case; the physical findings were suggestive of thermal and alkali injury. Visual acuity ranged widely from 20/20 to light perception only. Treatment in the acute setting included irrigation, pH monitoring, and intraocular pressure lowering.
CONCLUSIONMethamphetamine production by means of the"shake and bake" method can result in combined thermal and alkali ocular injury. Patients who sustain this type of injury may not accurately report the mechanism of exposure. Increased awareness of this type of ocular injury may increase the rapidity of diagnosis, avoid early misdiagnosis, and ultimately improve outcomes.
The Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association 104:11-12 pg 409-12
Central Nervous System Stimulants
Drug and Narcotic Control
Pub Type(s)Case Reports