Fatal accidental dibucaine poisoning in children

P. S. Dayan, T. L. Litovitz, B. I. Crouch, A. J. Scalzo, B. L. Klein

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Dibucaine is a potent amide anesthetic available in over-the-counter preparations. Compared with lidocaine, substantially lower doses of dibucaine may result in seizures, dysrhythmias, and death. We present three fatal cases of accidental dibucaine ingestion in children and discuss the toxicity, treatment, and prevention of such ingestions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-445
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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