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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2018, Article ID 1313096, 3 pages
Case Report

Hair Loss: Evidence to Thallium Poisoning

1Department of Emergency, The Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, China
2Department of Emergency, The Changsha Central Hospital, Changsha, China
3Department of Neurology, The Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Lijuan Sheng; nc.ude.usc@6001ecinnaujilgnehs

Received 8 December 2017; Revised 13 May 2018; Accepted 4 June 2018; Published 26 June 2018

Academic Editor: Kalpesh Jani

Copyright © 2018 Guifang Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In clinical practice, thallium poisoning is very hard to diagnose, because it is a very uncommon disease and its clinical manifestations are extremely complicated. In the present study, we investigated a case of a 53-year-old man who was hospitalized for persistent stabbing pain in the abdomen and lower extremities for 20 days. Physical examination revealed diffuse alopecia of the scalp. The final diagnosis of thallium poisoning was confirmed based on high blood and urine thallium levels. The patient was cured by an oral administration of Prussian blue combined with hemoperfusion and continuous veno-venous hemofiltration.