Poisoning from a dietary supplement administered during hospitalization

Pediatrics. 2002 Mar;109(3):E49. doi: 10.1542/peds.109.3.e49.


Increasing numbers of persons use dietary supplements (DS). Patients who believe in the effectiveness of DS may continue to take them on admission to a health care facility. We present the case of a child who received a DS on a daily basis as an outpatient, continued its use after admission to the hospital, and became poisoned by it during his hospitalization.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bromides / analysis
  • Bromides / blood
  • Bromides / poisoning*
  • Bromides / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Coma / chemically induced
  • Dietary Supplements / poisoning*
  • Epilepsy / drug therapy
  • Hospital Administration
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Organizational Policy
  • Pneumonia, Aspiration / chemically induced


  • Bromides