J Accid Emerg Med 14:43-45 doi:10.1136/emj.14.1.43
  • Research Article

Potassium permanganate poisoning--a rare cause of fatal self poisoning.

  1. K L Ong,
  2. T H Tan,
  3. W L Cheung
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong.


      Attempted suicide by self poisoning is common because of the ready availability of drugs, whether prescribed or bought over the counter. In some cases, the ingestion of seemingly innocuous household products or chemicals can result in death. Potassium permanganate is an example. Poisoning with potassium permanganate can be fatal when a significant amount is ingested, as shown by a patient who suffered both the corrosive and systemic toxic effects of this chemical.