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Accidental transdermal methanol poisoning presenting to a regional emergency department

  • Chelsea R. Beaton (a1) (a2) and Clinton Meyer (a1) (a3)
Learning Points:

  • Know and identify clinical presentations of toxic alcohols.
  • Understand the differential diagnosis of high anion gap metabolic acidosis.
  • Appreciate the importance of history and clinical findings in establishing methanol toxicity diagnoses, especially in centres where laboratory testing is unavailable.
  • Recognize the value of provincial poison centres in supporting emergency physicians in the diagnosis and management of poisonings and overdoses.

Corresponding author
Correspondence to: Dr. Chelsea R. Beaton, North Battleford Rural Family Medicine Residency Program, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, 102-11427 Railway Avenue, North Battleford, SK S9A 3G8; Email:
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4.Karaduman, F, Asil, T, Balci, K, et al. Bilateral basal ganglionic lesions due to transdermal methanol intoxication. J Clin Neurosci 2009;16:1504–6.
5.Kraut, J, Kurtz, I. Toxic alcohol ingestions: clinical features, diagnosis, and management. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2008;3:208–25.
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Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine
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