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Citation

Stefanidou ME, Georgiou M, Koupparis M, Koutselinis A. Vet. Hum. Toxico. 1997; 39(5): 308-310.

Affiliation

Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Medical School, University of Athens, Greece.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1997, American College of Veterinary Toxicologists)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

9311091

Abstract

Corrosive alkalis are used in the soft drink and beer industries for the cleaning of the non-disposable glass containers using several different methods. It is well understood that complete cleaning of these vessels by multiple and well-organized rinsing is an absolute necessity. In cases of disturbance of this process, some residuals of alkaline agents may be retained in the glass containers, causing severe health risks to consumers. This case of acute poisoning due to caustic alkalis concerns a young woman who consumed carbonated lemonade from a non-disposable glass container. Clinical signs and symptoms and the treatment of the affected woman are described. Toxicological analysis of the soft drink consumed led to the detection, identification and quantitative determination of the presence of the alkalis.


Language: en

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