Use of Poppers (Amyl Nitrite): Unpleasant Side Effects in a Brothel

Kofler, Thomas and Lippay, Kriemhild and Goekcimen, Marlon and Fasel, Dominique and Nickel, Christian H. (2014) Use of Poppers (Amyl Nitrite): Unpleasant Side Effects in a Brothel. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 1 (1). pp. 1-6. ISSN 2284-2594

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Introduction: Various agents can lead to an acquired methaemoglobinaemia (MHB) with potentially fatal consequences. There is a lack of literature on the formation of methaemoglobin (MH) in the blood after the intake of poppers (amyl nitrite). Poppers are a popular aphrodisiac agent. Case description: A 56-year-old diabetic called an ambulance after using poppers in a brothel with subsequent associated acrocyanosis, confusion and headache. The paramedics reported tachycardia and blood glucose of 3.8 mmol/l. The arterial blood gas analysis in the Emergency Department (ED) revealed a MHB of 23.1%. MH levels decreased rapidly without antidotal therapy. The patient was discharged the next day free of symptoms. Discussion: This case illustrates the potential risks of taking poppers. A wide spectrum of symptoms were present in our patient. For the differential diagnosis of acquired MHB, poppers should be considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Methaemoglobinaemia, poppers, amyl nitrite hypoglycaemia
Subjects: 300 Scienze sociali > 360 Problemi e servizi sociali; associazioni > 362 Problemi e servizi di assistenza sociale (Classificare qui la sicurezza sociale) > 362.1 Malattie fisiche (Classificare qui le opere interdisciplinari su malattie e menomazioni, su cura e trattamento sanitario, sulle missioni mediche, sulla sanità pubblica)
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 10:21
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 10:21

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