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Hair dye poisoning and the developing world

Author(s): Sampathkumar Krishnaswamy | Yesudas Sooraj

Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
ISSN 0974-2700

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 129;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Hair dye poisoning | paraphenylene diamine | suicide

Hair dye poisoning has been emerging as one of the important causes of intentional self harm in the developing world. Hair dyes contain paraphenylene-diamine and a host of other chemicals that can cause rhabdomyolysis, laryngeal edema, severe metabolic acidosis and acute renal failure. Intervention at the right time has been shown to improve the outcome. In this article, we review the various manifestations, clinical features and treatment modalities for hair dye poisoning.
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