A CASE OF MYOCARDIAL INJURY IN AN INFANT WITH CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Received 2020-08-18; Accepted 2021-09-10; Published 2021-10-12
Keywords:Carbon monoxide, Clinical toxicology, Emergency, Paediatric
Carbon monoxide poisoning is described as “silent killer” because carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless, tasteless gas and the clinical presentation is non-specific. A two-month-old boy presented with rapid breathing, irritable, and refused to be fed. The symptoms occurred approximately 1 h after waiting with his father in the car with the engine running. The father also presented with symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning. The child had respiratory distress and sinus tachycardia. The child’s carboxyhaemoglobin level was normal, but the father’s level was elevated. Serum lactate and troponin I were raised. He was given 100% normobaric oxygen and was admitted. Subsequently his condition improved and was discharged the next day. Infants are more prone to the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. When an infant suddenly become unwell, high index of suspicion and detail collaborative history are required so that carbon monoxide poisoning will not be missed out.
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