Nitrous oxide-induced vitamin B12 deficiency.


Nitrous oxide is a gas that is odorless, colorless, and has a sweet taste at room temperature. Nitrous oxide has several uses, including in surgery and dentistry (referred to as "laughing gas"), in automotive racing, and in aerosol spray propellants. The aerosol spray propellants that typically use nitrous oxide are whipped cream canisters and cooking sprays. Unfortunately, these over-the-counter household items are a source of nitrous oxide that can be used for recreational use. The most popular is the use of industrial-grade canisters having the slang term "whippets." The nitrous oxide can be extracted by pushing the nozzle down slightly to the side and catching the released gas with a balloon. The contents of the balloon can then be directly inhaled, giving an instant feeling of euphoria. This is not a benign means to achieve a euphoric state but can cause severe nitrous oxide-induced B12 deficiency, which is presented in this case report.

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@article{Stockton2017NitrousOV, title={Nitrous oxide-induced vitamin B12 deficiency.}, author={Lindsey Stockton and Cameron J Simonsen and Susan E Seago}, journal={Proceedings}, year={2017}, volume={30 2}, pages={171-172} }