Cyanide poisoning

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A rare intoxication characterized by onset of toxic manifestations within seconds to hours – depending on the route duration dosage and source of exposure – after inhalation of volatile cyanides (especially from fire smoke) ingestion of cyanide (including use of certain medications) or contact with the skin or mucous membranes. In severe cases following inhalation signs of hyperventilation appear within seconds or minutes and are followed by loss of consciousness with convulsions and ultimately cardiovascular collapse and/or respiratory arrest. Other clinical signs include dizziness weakness palpitations and anxiety followed by dyspnea pulmonary edema confusion ataxia and paralysis.

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