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Rhabdomyolysis due to hair dye poisoning: An emerging threat

Author(s): Sampathkumar Krishnaswamy | Sooraj Yesudas | Ajeshkumar Rajappannair | Mahaldar Amol | Muthiah Ramakrishnan

Journal: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN 0972-5229

Volume: 11;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 212;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Acute renal failure | hair dye | rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis can be caused by a variety of physical,chemical, metabolic, infective and toxic causes. We present two patients who developed rhabdomyolysis after consumption of hairdye containing paraphenylene diamine. Both of them developed renal, liver and respiratory failure requiring renal replacement. We were able to save one patient whereas the other died. Intentional hair dye poisoning is an emerging threat. Early recognition of the complications and prompt treatment is necessary for a successful outcome.

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