A 17-year-old youth accidentally ingested paraquat, a herbicide which is an uncommon but potentially highly lethal cause of poisoning. He was initially managed at a regional hospital where, upon advice from a Victorian Poisons Information Centre toxicologist, he was commenced on dexamethasone, continuous venovenous haemodiafiltration (CVVHDF), and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and sodium salicylate infusions. He was transferred to a transplant centre for consideration of lung transplantation where he was maintained on CVVHDF, dexamethasone and NAC for 2 weeks. Fortunately, despite ingestion of a potentially lethal dose of paraquat at 36.48 mg/kg, he recovered with mild restrictive respiratory deficits, steroid side effects, and oropharyngeal burns as sequelae.
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