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Ingestion of Hydrofluoric acid: A rapid and fetal poisoning
Jae-Hee Lee, Jin-Hee Jung, Eun-Kyung Eo
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2007;5(2):135-137
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: December 31, 2007
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University
2Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University
3Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University

Hydrofluoric acid is a weak inorganic acid used for etching and as rust removals. Systemic toxicity after oral ingestion induces rapid development of hypocalcemia and hyperkalemia, leading to ventricular fibrillation and finally asystole. We report a case of intentional ingestion of hydrofluoric acid producing an altered mental state at the time of the patient's arrival in the emergency department. The patient died approximately 80 minutes after the exposure with asystol.

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