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Chronic CO Poisoning:





Differences from Acute CO Poisoning:

  • May not elicit the typical symptoms of (acute) CO poisoning:
    - vomiting
    - altered conscious state
    - Lactic acidosis
    - ataxia
    - mucous membranes almost never cherry pink

  • COHb is usually not excessively elevated

  • More difficult to recognize than acute CO poisoning

  • CT and MRI rarely useful, except to rule out stroke, tumor, etc.




  • ...... last changed 04/27/04



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