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CASE REPORT
Cardiac arrest by inhalation of deodorant spray
  1. Kelvin Harvey Kramp,
  2. Mahdi Salih,
  3. Elsbeth Thomeer,
  4. Martin Gardien
  1. Intensive Care, Maasstad Ziekenhuis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kelvin Harvey Kramp, k.h.kramp{at}gmail.com

Summary

Drug abuse by inhalation of volatile household product substances is uncommon, however, it can have devastating consequences. This case report describes the fatal outcome of deodorant inhalation by a 19-year-old patient in a detoxification clinic who developed a cardiac arrest after inhaling butane from a deodorant spray. Despite initial successful resuscitation, he developed a postanoxic encephalopathy with a status epilepticus resistant to extensive treatment. Inhalant abuse can be a cause of death in young patients.

  • contraindications and precautions
  • drug interactions
  • arrhythmias
  • intensive care
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  • Contributors KHK was part of the medical care during admittance of the patient and wrote case presentation, outcome, follow-up and discussion of the paper. MS was and part of the medical care during follow-up and wrote case presentation, outcome, follow-up and discussion of the patient. ET took part in the neurological examination and follow-up of the patient and reviewed the final version of the article. MG supervised the medical treatment and reviewed the final version of the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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