Self-inflicted formic acid burn: rare form of acid burn (two case reports)

Self-inflicted formic acid burn: rare form of acid burn (two case reports) Eur J Plast Surg (2012) 35:199–200 DOI 10.1007/s00238-010-0541-2 CASE REPORT Self-inflicted formic acid burn: rare form of acid burn (two case reports) Vipula Perera & Kolitha Karunadasa & Chandini Perera Received: 22 June 2010 /Accepted: 16 November 2010 /Published online: 8 January 2011 # Springer-Verlag 2011 Introduction In Sri Lanka, 70% of suicides are caused by intentional self-poisoning and out of these 90% are due to pesticide Formic acid is a simple carboxylic acid. Its formula is and herbicides. The rest includes oleander poisoning and HCOOH or CH O . It is a colourless, fuming liquid with drug overdose [4, 6]. 2 2 highly pungent, penetrating odour. In 1671, the English naturalist John Ray became the first person to describe the isolation of formic acid by distillation of large number of Case 1 ants. These insects secrete the substance naturally for attack and defence purpose. Thus, the name “formic acid” was A 45-year-old mother of three children presented with coined from the Latin word for ant, formica. suicidal consumption of 75 ml 0f 90% formic acid at home. Exposure to formic acid can occur through inhalation, On account of the pungent smell and irritation, she did not ingestion, and European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Self-inflicted formic acid burn: rare form of acid burn (two case reports)

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