Acute isopropyl alcohol intoxication. Diagnosis and management

Am J Med. 1983 Oct;75(4):680-6. doi: 10.1016/0002-9343(83)90456-4.


Alcohol intoxication (methyl, ethyl, isopropyl, and ethylene glycol) is treated frequently in emergency room and intensive care units. Although high morbidity and mortality rates exist, effective therapies for methyl alcohol and ethylene glycol (ethyl alcohol blocking and hemodialysis) and ethyl and isopropyl alcohol (hemodialysis) are available. Prompt and accurate clinical and laboratory differentiation is needed to optimize these therapies. This review presents clinical, pharmacologic, and management data, contrasts important aspects in differential diagnosis, and suggests an appropriate approach to management of isopropyl alcohol intoxication.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • 1-Propanol / blood
  • 1-Propanol / metabolism
  • 1-Propanol / poisoning*
  • Adult
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / diagnosis
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / metabolism
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / therapy
  • Coma / etiology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Renal Dialysis


  • 1-Propanol