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Acute Iodine Toxicity From A Suspected Oral Methamphetamine Ingestion
Author: Marilyn N. Bulloch
Publisher: Derivative Works
3 pages
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Type of publication: Article
ISBN/ISSN: 1179-5476
DOI: 10.4137/CCRep.S20086
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Background: Iodine is a naturally occurring element commercially available alone or in a multitude of products. Iodine crystals and iodine tincture are used in the production of methamphetamine. Although rarely fatal, iodine toxicity from oral ingestion can produce distressing gastrointestinal symptoms and systemic symptoms, such as hypotension and tachycardia, from subsequent hypovolemia.

Objective: The objective of this case report is to describe a case of iodine toxicity from suspected oral methamphetamine ingestion.

Case report: A male in his early 20’s presented with gastrointestinal symptoms, chills, fever, tachycardia, and tachypnea after orally ingesting a substance suspected to be methamphetamine. The patient had elevated levels of serum creatinine, liver function tests, and bands on arrival, which returned to within normal limits by day 4 of admission. Based on the patient’s narrow anion gap, halogen levels were ordered on day 3 and indicated iodine toxicity. This is thought to be the first documented case of iodine toxicity secondary to suspected oral methamphetamine abuse.

Conclusion: Considering that the incidence of methamphetamine abuse is expected to continue to rise, clinicians should be aware of potential iodine toxicity in a patient with a history of methamphetamine abuse.

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