Fatal Diesel Poisoning: A Case Report and Brief Review of Literature

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Hydrocarbons are volatile substances that are used in routine life activities for cooking or as automobile fuel. Diesel is one of the commonly used automobile fuels obtained from crude oil. Death due to poisoning by diesel is rarely reported. Most commonly affected is the respiratory system either after aspiration or ingestion. The most common presentation is chemical pneumonitis or aspiration pneumonitis from which patient usually recovers. Gas chromatography techniques help in the detection of volatile substances like diesel. Here, we report a rare case of fatal pediatric accidental diesel poisoning.

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