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Two Cases of Comatose Patients Presenting after Exposure to Hydrogen Sulfide Gas
Hyun-Ho Ryu, Byeong-Guk Lee, Kyung-Woon Jeung, Tag Heo, Yong-Il Min
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2009;7(1):26-31
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: June 30, 2009
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, Chonnam National University, School of Medicine
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Chonnam National University, School of Medicine
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Chonnam National University, School of Medicine
4Department of Emergency Medicine, Chonnam National University, School of Medicine
5Department of Emergency Medicine, Chonnam National University, School of Medicine

Hydrogen sulfide is a by-product of decayed organic material and is ubiquitously found as an ingredient of manufacturing reagents or as an undesirable by-product of the manufacturing or industrial processing. Hydrogen sulfide is a chemical asphyxiant and interferes with cytochrome oxidase and aerobic metabolism. It has thus been deemed an important cause of work-related sudden death. This gas is particularly insidious due to the unpredictability of its presence and concentration and its neurotoxicity at relatively low concentrations, causing olfactory nerve paralysis and loss of the warning odor. Here, we report two cases of comatose patients presenting after accidental exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas.

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