Place of Activated Charcoal and Gastric Emptying in Acute Toxic Ingestions: A Critical Reappraisal

  • P. Lheureux
  • R. Askenasi
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1992)


The primary concern of the physician confronted to an acutely poisoned patient should be to support vital functions and to do no additional harm. It should always be kept in mind during therapeutic decisions thought to limit or antagonize toxic effects. Iatrogenic complications induced by a therapy of unproven clinical usefulness are unacceptable. Especially in the recent years, the relative safety and efficacy of the procedures intended to prevent gastrointestinal absorption of ingested toxins have been critically reevaluated.


Gastric Emptying Activate Charcoal Aspiration Pneumonia Gastric Lavage Gastric Aspiration 
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  • R. Askenasi

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