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Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology. Vol. 10, Iss. 22,26, July 2015

A case of methyl ethyl ketone peroxide poisoning and a review of complications and their management


Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide (MEKP) is a highly toxic clear liquid used as a solvent. It is a strong oxidizing agent and a corrosive. Acute and chronic toxicity can occur as an occupational hazard. Ingestion is associated with corrosive burns leading to stricture formation, inhalational pneumonitis, acidosis, liver failure and renal failure. In this paper we present a case of a young patient who intentionally ingested MEKP. The patient developed multiple complications including proximal intestinal obstruction, acidosis and acute kidney injury. He was managed conservatively and recovered after a prolonged hospital stay. He had multiple inflammatory strictures on esophageal endoscopy, which improved over 3–6 moths.


Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide; Management of corrosive gastrointestinal burns; Occupational safety