When a Glue Sniffer Turns Weak

DOI: 10.4236/ijcm.2012.37A135   PDF   HTML   XML   4,247 Downloads   5,585 Views  

Abstract

Toluene inhalation can result in electrolyte and acid-base derangements and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of young patients with unexplained hypokalaemia and normal anion gap metabolic acidosis. This case serves to illustrate the abnormalities and heighten awareness among emergency physicians who may not have laboratory results on hand when evaluating causes of limb weakness.

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Juliana, P. and Seth, P. (2012) When a Glue Sniffer Turns Weak. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 3, 769-771. doi: 10.4236/ijcm.2012.37A135.

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