Case Reports
December 1947


Author Affiliations

From the Otho S. H. Sprague Memorial Institute and the Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;74(6):730-734. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02030010748011

BROMIDE intoxication is well defined in its manifestations and represents a not uncommon clinical entity. Bromate poisoning is rare, however, and it is only briefly mentioned in textbooks of pharmacology and toxicology.1 In contrast to the many investigations on the chlorates, experimental studies of bromate action are few.2 A review of the literature reveals only 1 recorded instance of bromate poisoning in man.3 The case reported here is of interest, accordingly, not only from the point of view of rarity but also as an instructive example of bromate toxicity which is distinct from the toxicity of a bromide salt.

REPORT OF A CASE  The patient, a 17 month old boy, was seen at the Children's Memorial Hospital on Sept. 9, 1946, four hours after swallowing an unknown quantity of a neutralizing solution for use on the hair after the application of a "cold wave" hair lotion. The

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