Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology / 2007 / Article

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Volume 21 |Article ID 423217 |

Sean Pritchett, Daniel Green, Peter Rossos, "Accidental Ingestion of 35% Hydrogen Peroxide", Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 21, Article ID 423217, 3 pages, 2007.

Accidental Ingestion of 35% Hydrogen Peroxide

Received27 Jul 2006
Accepted12 Aug 2006


Hydrogen peroxide is a commonly used oxidizing agent with a variety of uses depending on its concentration. Ingestion of hydrogen peroxide is not an uncommon source of poisoning, and results in morbidity through three main mechanisms: direct caustic injury, oxygen gas formation and lipid peroxidation. A case of a 39-year-old man who inadvertently ingested 250 mL of unlabelled 35% hydrogen peroxide intended for natural health use is presented. Hydrogen peroxide has purported benefits ranging from HIV treatment to cancer treatment. Its use in the natural health industry represents an emerging source for accidental poisonings.

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