Case of carbon monoxide poisoning after smoking shisha

Int J Emerg Med. 2009 Mar 11;2(2):121-2. doi: 10.1007/s12245-009-0097-8.


Carbon monoxide poisoning has been reported as a result of exposure to various sources of smoke, such as car exhaust fumes, home water heaters and tobacco smoke. We describe a case of symptomatic, moderately severe carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in a young Mediterranean man after smoking a waterpipe, or shisha. This case highlights the importance of considering carbon monoxide exposure in patients presenting with non-specific neurological symptoms to the emergency department (ED).

Keywords: Carbon monoxide; Shisha.