Acute fluoride poisoning

R. Yolken, P. Konecny, P. McCarthy

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Fluoride poisoning is a potentially severe environmental hazard for children. A case of fluoride poisoning resulting from the ingestion of laundry powder in a 2 1/2 yr old black girl is presented which was manifested by severe hypocalcemia, ventricular arrhythmias, and respiratory failure. The powder was identified as Rayline Brand Laundry Sour (manufactured by BASF Wyandotte Corporation, Wyandotte, Michigan), a whitener sold only to commercial laundries. This contained sodium silicofluoride (Na2S1F6) as its major ingredient. Treatment of this poisoning, including peritoneal dialysis, is discussed. The kinetics of fluoride distribution as measured in this patient suggest a rapid binding of ingested fluoride to bone, followed by gradual release and excretion. Peritoneal dialysis resulted in no significant fluoride removal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-93
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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