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Gastric evacuation for acute ethanol intoxication in a three year old.
  1. S Z Hussain,
  2. J Rawal,
  3. J A Henry
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Oldchurch Hospital, Essex, UK.


    A three year old girl presented in a deeply comatose state. She had drunk ethanol four hours previously and her blood ethanol concentration on arrival was 79.8 mmol/litre (3.69 g/litre). Because of her young age, high blood ethanol concentration, time since ingestion, and severe neurological depression on presentation, nasogastric aspiration of the stomach contents was performed and 4.2 g of ethanol were removed. She made an uneventful recovery.

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