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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

versión On-line ISSN 1561-3046


GUIROLA FUENTES, Jurek et al. Carbon monoxide poisoning. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2019, vol.48, n.2  Epub 01-Jun-2019. ISSN 1561-3046.


Worldwide, there is an increase in poisonings by carbon monoxide received in emergency services. In Cuba this type of intoxication is not frequent and there is ignorance for its early diagnosis. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas, not irritating to mucous membranes and highly toxic to man. It is a pollutant of the Earth's atmosphere and the most frequent causative agent of gas poisoning.


To describe carbon monoxide poisoning in a patient treated at the Military Hospital "Dr. Mario Muñoz Monroy" from Matanzas, Cuba.

Clinical case:

A 19-year-old male patient inhaled in a closed area, accidentally, the combustion gases of a vehicle for 30 minutes. He remained in the place of exposure without means of individual protection for a period of three hours and began with symptoms corresponding to moderate intoxication by carbon monoxide. He was admitted at intermediate care ward for treatment.


The patient had a favorable evolution, treated with normobaric and hyperbaric oxygen.

Palabras clave : acute poisoning; carbon monoxide; combustion; inhalation exposure.

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