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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-94

A rare case of suicide attempt by subcutaneous self-injection of kerosene: A case report and review of literature

1 Department of General Surgery, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of General Surgery, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3 Department of General Surgery, King Fahad Military Medical Complex, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
4 Department of General Surgery, Dammam Medical Complex, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Mohammed Yousef Aldossary
Department of General Surgery, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/jhs.JHS_156_17

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Kerosene is one of the most widely used sources of energy in developing countries. Modes of accidental exposure include inhalation, ingestion and through skin or eye contact. There have been few cases reported in literature where kerosene was injected intravenously and subcutaneously with differing outcomes ranging from mild irritation to serious necrotising fasciitis. It remains challenging to predict the outcome of patients who inject kerosene through a non-venous route as it is difficult to establish the accuracy of tissue layer affected by the injection. The aim of this study is to analyse all the case studies presented with attempt of suicide by self-injection of kerosene, to establish a method of management available in this rare presentation.

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