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A Patient with Cellulitis from Intramuscular Glyphosate Injection
Yoon-Sung Kim, Taek-Gun Ohk, Myeung-Cheol Shin, Hyun-Young Choi, Joong-Bum Moon, Sung-Eun Kim, Jeong-Yeul Seo, Moo-Eob Ahn, Byung-Ryul Cho, Yang-Hoon Kim, Bong-Ki Lee, Myeung Kim, Jun-Hwi Cho
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2007;5(1):71-73
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: June 30, 2007
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
10Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
11Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
12Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
13Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
2Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
3Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
4Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
5Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
6Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
7Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
8Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
9Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in widely used herbicides. It acts through inhibition of the shikimate metabolic pathway in plants. This pathway does not exist in mammals, however, so glyphosate is presumably less toxic to humans. Nevertheless, fatal cases of glyphosate poisoning in humans have still occurred. Cases of glyphosate poisoning reported in the previous literature were almost always caused by intentional ingestion. Therefore, intramuscular injection of glyphosate with suicidal intent has not been reported. We report a case of 43-year-old man with poisoning due to intramuscular injection of glyphosate herbicide. He was admitted to the emergency department with a chilling sensation, local hotness, swelling, and tenderness at the site of glyphosate injection. He was treated with intravenous antibiotics and analgesics for 10 days and was discharged without any other complication.

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