Twin Cities Toxicology

Be Aware of Cyanide-Containing Jewelry Cleaners…

This is something that those of us in Minnesota (along with sections of Wisconsin and California) should be aware of.  There are Hmong markets pocketed around these states that sell various products that may contain cyanide.  Dr. Fiona Garlich, a Hennepin-trained emergency physician and current senior medical toxicology fellow in New York City, published a case series highlighting this fact.  The case series involves 8 patients from Minnesota and California, and is available as an early online publication in Clinical Toxicology.  Check it out.  It’s a nice reminder of cyanide toxicity presentations, and also to help you keep the possibility of this type of exposure fresh in your mind, especially if you see patients from these communities.

-Sam

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