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Adverse Effects of Benzyl Alcohol, Including the Gasping Syndrome in Premature Infants

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Toxicology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care

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Description:

Benzyl alcohol is a preservative used in anesthetics, injectable drugs and intravenous solutions. While usually nontoxic, it can achieve a relatively high concentration when used in premature infants or in patients receiving constant drug infusions. This can result in a toxic syndrome that can be fatal.

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