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Breath Alcohol Analyzer Mistakes Methanol Poisoning for Alcohol Intoxication

January 4, 2010, 11:05 pm

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BREATH ALCOHOL ANALYZER MISTAKES METHANOL POISONING FOR ALCOHOL INTOXICATION Caravati EM et al. Ann Emerg Med 2009 Oct 13 [epub ahead of print]

Abstract

This very interesting case report describes a false positive breath ethanol test erroneously indicating 0.288 g/210 L breath ethanol.  In the hospital blood ethanol was not detected; however, the serum methanol concentration was 589 mg/dl.  The …

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