The analysis of the cases of aspired fuel oil and gasoline through siphonage method

J Pak Med Assoc. 2013 Mar;63(3):383-4.

Abstract

Accidental aspiration of petroleum products in children can also be witnessed in adults working with petroleum products by siphonage or swallowing fire for demonstration purposes. Ten cases admitted to Yuzuncu Yil University Emergency Service due to fuel oil and gasoline aspiration in a three-year period were retrospectively analysed. All cases were males and their average age was determined as 32,4 +/- 7.83 years. Three of the patients aspirated gasoline and 7 fuel oil. Blood gas values in all patients were at normal levels and their average white blood cell values were 16,590. The most frequent symptom for referral to our service was shortness of breath. Infiltration was confirmed in the chest X-ray of 2 patients with aspirated fuel oil and all cases of gasoline aspiration. All patients received methylprednisolone and IV proton-pump inhibitors for treatment. Eight patients were given antibiotics. All victims were discharged from the hospital after recovery. Aspiration of petroleum products which is normally rarely seen is witnessed more frequently in under developed countries. Since the findings determined by screening methods are often nonspecific, history is important for making a diagnosis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Fuel Oils / poisoning*
  • Gasoline / poisoning*
  • Humans
  • Lung / drug effects*
  • Male
  • Pneumonia, Aspiration / chemically induced*
  • Pneumonia, Aspiration / therapy

Substances

  • Fuel Oils
  • Gasoline