Delayed cyanide poisoning following acetonitrile ingestion.

  title={Delayed cyanide poisoning following acetonitrile ingestion.},
  author={Marina M{\"u}ller and Colin D R Borland},
  journal={Postgraduate medical journal},
  volume={73 859},
Acetonitrile (methyl cyanide) is a common industrial organic solvent but is a rare cause of poisoning. We report the first recorded UK case. Acetonitrile is slowly converted to cyanide, resulting in delayed toxicity. We describe a case of deliberate self-poisoning by a 39-year-old woman resulting in cyanide poisoning 11 hours later which was successfully treated by repeated boluses of sodium nitrite and thiosulphate. The half-life of conversion of acetonitrile was 40 hours and harmful blood… CONTINUE READING
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