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Methanol toxicity outbreak: when fear of COVID-19 goes viral
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  1. Sepideh Sefidbakht1,
  2. Mehrzad Lotfi1,
  3. Reza Jalli1,
  4. Mohsen Moghadami2,
  5. Golnar Sabetian3,
  6. Pooya Iranpour1
  1. 1 Medical Imaging Research Center, Radiology Department, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran (the Islamic Republic of)
  2. 2 Clinical Microbiology Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
  3. 3 Trauma Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pooya Iranpour, Medical Imaging Research Center, Radiology Department, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran (the Islamic Republic of); pooya.iranpour{at}gmail.com

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Methanol ingestion can be a highly lethal poisoning; methanol is metabolised to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are extremely toxic to the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract leading to a triad of visual impairment, gastrointestinal symptoms and metabolic acidosis in 6–24 hours.1Haemorrhagic and non-haemorrhagic necrosis of basal ganglia, white matter necrosis, and diffuse brain oedema may result in a grave prognosis.2 3 Although alcohol consumption is illegal in the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as many other Islamic countries based on religious reasons, there have been sporadic reports of alcohol poisoning, usually in the form of methanol …

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