Methyl Alcohol Poisoning
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Methyl alcohol is a cheap and potent adulterant of illicit liquors. Many outbreaks of methyl alcohol poisoning have occurred in our country. Such outbreaks have been responsible for a heavy toll of mortality and morbidity. This paper describes our clinical experience in managing patients with methyl alcohol poisoning, and emphasizes that early identification and prompt treatment is of prime importance. Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is a commonly used organic solvent that, because of its toxicity, can cause metabolic acidosis, neurologic sequelae, and even death, when ingested. It is a constituent of many commercially available industrial solvents and of poorly adulterated alcoholic beverages. Methanol toxicity remains a common problem in many parts of the developing world, especially among members of lower socioeconomic classes (See Etiology and Pathophysiology and Presentation).
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