Ethylene Glycol Intoxication

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Mark Yarema, MD, FRCPC

nephrology service, hemodialysis, ethylene glycol,


A 38-year-old female presented to the ER reporting difficulty sleeping, poor concentration and anxiety over the preceding 2 months. On the day of admission, the patient felt compelled to drink anti-freeze. She drank approx 1 cup and then felt sleepy so she went to bed. She was found by her husband 2 hours later and he called the Emergency medical service. She reported 1 episode of emesis. The patient denied that this it was a suicide attempt.

There was no derangement in the CBC, INR or liver enzymes. A summary of other laboratory measurements are summarized in Table 1.

The nephrology service was consulted and the patient underwent hemodialysis. Formepizole, sodium bicarbonate and thiamine were administered. After medical stabilization she was transferred to psychiatry

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