From Russia with Love — Ingestion of a Purple Powder

October 24, 2009, 4:34 pm

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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE — INGESTION OF A PURPLE POWER. McKeown NJ et al.  Pediatr Emerg Care 2009;25:423.

This case report, from the Oregon Poison Center in Portland, describes a 3-year-old child who ingested a purple powder — from a bottle labelled in Russian — used as a topical antiseptic.  The substance was identified as potassium permanganate, which is caustic and a strong oxidizing agent.  The child’s clinical course was relatively benign.  The article lists commonly used OTC Russian remedies, including boric acid and gorchichniki (mustard plaster).

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