Chronic carbon monoxide poisoning. A report of two cases

  • Alessandro Riccardi | dottriccardi@gmail.com Emergency Room and Emergency Medicine, Ospedale San Paolo, Savona, Italy.
  • Paolo Bientinesi Emergency Room and Emergency Medicine, Ospedale San Paolo, Savona, Italy.
  • Marta Monteverdi Emergency Room and Emergency Medicine, Ospedale San Paolo, Savona, Italy.
  • Roberto Lerza Emergency Room and Emergency Medicine, Ospedale San Paolo, Savona, Italy.

Abstract

If acute carbon monoxide poisoning is a well-known emergency situation, this is not the case for chronic poisoning. The missed diagnosis of acute CO poisoning is a well-known problem but the identification of a chronic poisoning is very challenging. Knowledge and awareness of chronic poisoning is less defined and probably there is a great number of patients with undiagnosed chronic CO poisoning. It is possible that in case of missed diagnosis because of non-specific symptoms, chronic CO poisoning could be responsible for significant morbidity. We describe the case of a married couple who were rescued almost simultaneously, to show this clinical condition.

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2021-06-28
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Carbon monoxide poisoning, acute myocardial infarction, acute neurological syndromes
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Riccardi, A., Bientinesi, P., Monteverdi, M., & Lerza, R. (2021). Chronic carbon monoxide poisoning. A report of two cases. Emergency Care Journal, 17(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/ecj.2021.9677

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