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Hemorrhagic Encephalopathy From Acute Baking Soda Ingestion

  • Author(s): Hughes, MD, Adrienne
  • Brown, MD, Alisha Emily Cutler
  • Valento, MD, Matthew
  • et al.

Baking soda is a readily available household product composed of sodium bicarbonate. It can be used asa home remedy to treat dyspepsia. If used in excessive amounts, baking soda has the potential to causea variety of serious metabolic abnormalities. We believe this is the first reported case of hemorrhagicencephalopathy induced by baking soda ingestion. Healthcare providers should be aware of the dangers ofbaking soda misuse and the associated adverse effects. [West J Emerg Med. 2016;17(5)619-622.]

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