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Rounds in the General Hospital

Complications of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Case Discussion and Review of the Literature

Davin K. Quinn, MD; Shunda M. McGahee, MD; Laura C. Politte, MD; Gina N. Duncan, MD; Cristina Cusin, MD; Christopher J. Hopwood, PhD; and Theodore A. Stern, MD

Published: April 16, 2009

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Ms. A, a 57-year-old woman with a history notable for alcoholism anddepression, attempted suicide by ingesting a large amount of alcohol andmedications, then lying down in a bathtub next to a pan of lit charcoalbriquettes in a closed room. Police found her some hours later after hertherapist called 911 when Ms. A failed to show for a regularly scheduledappointment. She was rushed to a nearby city hospital.

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