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1 Methanol Toxicity Dr Babak masoumi Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Department, Alzahra General Hospital, Isfahan University Of Medical Sciences Isfahan University Of Medical Sciences

2 Methanol colorless, volatile, volatile, slightly sweet-tasting alcohol slightly sweet-tasting alcohol.

3 It is a product of : natural fermentation and originally was manufactured from the distillation of wood the distillation of wood.

4 Certain products found in the home: including: antifreeze; gasohol; windshield washer fluid; dry gas; carburetor fluid; Sterno duplicator fluid; glass cleaners hobby engine fuel; lacquers thinners for shellacs adhesives inks may contain high concentrations of methanol. Methanol is a precursor in the manufacture of plastics, films, and dyes. Methanol is also found in formalin and embalming fluid.

5 antifreeze

6 windshield washer fluid:

7 lacquers:

8 Illicit alcohol production remains a global source of methanol poisoning from products such as chang’aa (Kenya), raki (Turkey), and tuica (Romania).

9 chang’aa (Kenya):

10 raki (Turkey): In Turkey, raki is the unofficial “national drink”. To serve raki it must be mixed with cold water; when it is mixed with water it turns to milky-white color. Because of that color raki is called as “aslan sütü” which means “lion’s milk”.

11 Isfahan:

12 Treatment delay increased morbidity Treatment delay is associated with increased morbidity, making early recognition of clinical and laboratory clues crucial.

13 Methanol is absorbed rapidly from the gastrointestinal tract, and blood levels peak peak 30 to 60 minutes 30 to 60 minutes after ingestion.

14 TransdermalAnd respiratory tract absorption respiratory tract absorption also has resulted in toxicity, especially in infants. especially in infants.

15 Certain occupations, including painting, glazing, varnishing, lithography, and printing, are at high risk for inhalational exposure to methanol. Inhalational abuse of methanol is a recent trend that can result in toxic serum levels.

16 In adults, lethal dose the smallest lethal dose reported is 15 mL of 40% methanol 15 mL of 40% methanol ; 4 mL pure methanol blindness 4 mL of pure methanol has led to blindness.

17 With appropriate, timely treatment, however, survival without loss of eyesight has been reported despite extremely high levels.

18 pediatric From a pediatric perspective, 1.5 mL of 100% methanol the ingestion of only 1.5 mL of 100% methanol in a toddler (0.15 mL/kg) is sufficient to produce toxic blood level 20 mg/dL a toxic blood level of 20 mg/dL.

19 Any suggested pediatric methanol ingestion warrants aggressive evaluation and treatment.

20 Methanol itself has little toxicity, producing Less CNS depression and inebriation than ethanol.

21 Metabolites extremely toxic Metabolites of the parent alcohol are extremely toxic, however. 90% metabolized hepatically Although small amounts of methanol are eliminated via renal and pulmonary routes, 90% is metabolized hepatically.

22 Methanoloxidized Methanol is oxidized by alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) formaldehyde formic acid alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) to formaldehyde, which is rapidly converted by aldehyde dehydrogenase to formic acid. anion gap metabolic acidosis ocular toxicity formic acidcarbon dioxide and water Formic acid is the primary toxicant and accounts for much of the anion gap metabolic acidosis and ocular toxicity peculiar to methanol ingestion. Through a folate-dependent pathway, formic acid is degraded to carbon dioxide and water.

23 Metabolism of Methanol:

24 Pathophysiology: Optic neuropathy And putaminal necrosis are the two main complications of severe severe methanol poisoning.

25 Long-term morbidity: takes the form of: visual impairment visual impairment, including: blindness blindness, parkinsonian motor dysfunction parkinsonian motor dysfunction, characterized by: hypokinesis hypokinesis rigidity rigidity.

26 retrolaminar optic nerve retina The primary sites of ocular injury are the retrolaminar optic nerve and retina.

27 basal ganglia Methanol adversely affects other areas of the CNS, specifically the basal ganglia. Bilateral, symmetrical putaminal hypodensities, hemorrhages, or cystic lesions Bilateral, symmetrical putaminal hypodensities, hemorrhages, or cystic lesions are characteristic, occurring in 13.5% of patients. Necrosis is described in the: subcortical white matter, spinal cord anterior horn cells, cerebellum. Acute signs and symptoms may be lacking or may take several days to develop, despite the presence of these radiographic findings.

28 Clinical Features: Clinical Features:

29 With individual cases of methanol poisoning, the history may be unobtainable unreliable The diagnosis should be considered in patients with altered mental status, visual complaints, or metabolic acidosis or in patients with occupations that put them at high risk for exposure.

30 shorter longer The typical 12- to 24-hour latency may be shorter when large amounts are consumed or longer when ethanol is co-ingested (range 40 min to 72 hr). When symptoms manifest, they are primarily neurologic neurologic, gastrointestinal gastrointestinal, or ocular ocular.

31 Although methanol is less inebriating than ethanol, early symptoms of methanol poisoning are: depressed mental status depressed mental status, confusion confusion, ataxia ataxia. Nonspecific complaints of: weakness, dizziness, anorexia, headache, nausea.

32 In severe cases, coma seizures may be seen. Although vomiting and abdominal pain commonly result from mucosal irritation, the absence of gastrointestinal complaints does not rule out a serious ingestion

33 Visual disturbances are seen in 50% of patients, and their development may precede or parallel that of other clinical symptoms. Patients may complain of cloudy, blurred, indistinct, or misty vision or may note yellow spots photophobia.

34 central scotoma The most common acute field defect is a dense central scotoma. Some patients compare their visual symptoms with “ stepping out into a snowstorm,” a complaint unique to methanol ingestion. complete lack of light perception total loss of vision Patients can have a complete lack of light perception and total loss of vision.

35 Prognosis after methanol ingestion seems to correlate with: the degree of acidosis, time to presentation, initiation of treatment within 8 hours of exposure

36 Poor prognosis is associated with coma, seizures, arterial pH less than 7.0. A recent large outbreak was associated with a fatality rate of 44%

37 Patients surviving the acute phase of toxicity may be left with: permanent blindness or neurologic deficits, such as: parkinsonism, toxic encephalopathy, polyneuropathy, cognitive dysfunction, transverse myelitis, primitive reflexes, or seizures.

38 Diagnostic Strategies: Diagnostic Strategies:

39 severe anion gap metabolic acidosis A severe anion gap metabolic acidosis is the hallmark of methanol poisoning. In some cases, this sign may be the only diagnostic clue. Because the onset of acidosis may be delayed 12 to 24 hours, the presence of a normal anion gap does not rule out methanol exposure.

40 Absence high anion gap acidosis Absence of high anion gap acidosis has been described in cases with: ethanol concomitant lithium ingestion. bromide In methanol toxicity, this anion gap is due primarily to the presence of formic acid, with a variable contribution from lactic acid.

41 Another classic laboratory finding in methanol toxicity is an elevated osmol gap. The osmolal gap is defined as follows: Osmol gap= measured serum osmolality - calculated serum osmolality An osmol gap significantly greater than 10 mOsm/kg may be a useful aid in the diagnosis of toxic alcohol ingestion.

42 delayed presentation after toxic alcohol ingestion may be associated with prior metabolism of most of the parent alcohol. Because only the parent compound is osmotically active, and Because the charged metabolites are electrically balanced by sodium, there may be little or no osmol gap elevation in this setting.

43 measurement of the serum toxic alcohol level If there is clinical suggestion of toxic alcohol ingestion, direct measurement of the serum toxic alcohol level is necessary, and if not readily available, empirical treatment is warranted.

44 Rhabdomyolysis, pancreatitis, and metabolic derangements, such as: hypomagnesemia, hypokalemia, hypophosphatemia, are also described with methanol poisoning.

45 Computed tomography Computed tomography may be indicated in an intoxicated patient with altered mental status.

46 Management: Management:

47 For any significant history of exposure, treatment should be initiated pending a confirmatory toxic alcohol blood level.

48 gastric emptying within 30 to 60 minutes Because methanol is absorbed rapidly from the GI tract, gastric emptying is restricted to patients who have ingested a substantial volume and arrive in the emergency department within 30 to 60 minutes of ingestion.

49 not Activated charcoal is not useful.

50 no value Forced diuresis is of no value and may cause pulmonary edema and ARDS. Early intubation may be indicated to protect the airway against aspiration and in anticipation of further deterioration in mental status.

51 treatment goals Three treatment goals exist for patients with methanol toxicity: (1) bicarbonate (1) correction of metabolic acidosis with bicarbonate ; (2) ADH enzyme blockade (2) ADH enzyme blockade, which inhibits the metabolism of methanol to toxic metabolites; and (3) hemodialysis (3) removal of the parent alcohol and its metabolites by hemodialysis.

52 Depending on the severity of the patient's acidosis, IV bicarbonate can be administered by intermittent boluses, an initial bolus followed by an infusion, or infusion alone. 1 to 2 mEq/kg serum pH of 7.45 to 7.50 infusion of 150 mEq/L 1.5 to 2 times the maintenance Boluses of 1 to 2 mEq/kg to attain a target serum pH of 7.45 to 7.50 followed by an infusion of 150 mEq/L of sodium bicarbonate in 5% dextrose at 1.5 to 2 times the maintenance fluid rate are suggested.

53 ADH blocked ethanol fomepizole To prevent further production of the toxic and acidic metabolites of methanol and ethylene glycol, metabolism of the parent compounds by the enzyme ADH must be blocked by either ethanol or fomepizole (Antizol). with symptoms levels greater than 20 mg/dL After significant toxic alcohol exposure, ADH blockade should be carried out in any adult or child with symptoms or with methanol or ethylene glycol levels greater than 20 mg/dL, even if asymptomatic.


55 If ethanol is used to block ADH, the goal is to maintain blood ethanol level 100 150 the blood ethanol level between 100 and 150 mg/dL, which completely saturates ADH. The affinity of ADH for ethanol is 10 to 20 times greater than for methanol and 100 times greater than for ethylene glycol.

56 half-lives increase to 30 hours 17 hours When methanol or ethylene glycol metabolism is blocked by ethanol, their half-lives increase to more than 30 hours or 17 hours.

57 When dosing ethanol, it also is important to measure the patient's initial blood ethanol level. If it is greater than 100 mg/dL, a loading dose is unnecessary, and the patient can be started on a maintenance infusion. The required maintenance dose of ethanol may nearly triple during hemodialysis because ethanol also is efficiently removed.

58 Ethanol may be given orally or intravenously. Potential side effects of IV administration include CNS and respiratory depression, hypotension, vomiting, hypoglycemia, and thrombophlebitis, although even in children, adverse effects are limited. Oral ethanol loading may be associated with gastritis.

59 serum ethanol and glucose levels every 1 to 2 hours Initial close monitoring of serum ethanol and glucose levels every 1 to 2 hours is essential until a steady-state level of 100 to 150 mg/dL is achieved. Levels should be checked every 2 to 4 hours thereafter. Monitoring of ethanol therapy ideally is accomplished in the intensive care unit.

60 Standard Range of Therapeutic Doses of Ethanol Based on Average Pharmacokinetic Values:

61 50 mL of absolute ethanol with 450 mL isotonic glucose Mixing 50 mL of absolute ethanol with 450 mL isotonic glucose yields a 10% solution if a 10% ethanol solution for IV use is unavailable., a bolus of 8 mL/kg ( over 0.5 hour ), followed by 1.5 mL/kg/hr With this solution, a bolus of 8 mL/kg ( over 0.5 hour ), followed by 1.5 mL/kg/hr, will produce the desired ethanol concentration. The maintenance infusion should be increased or decreased according to frequently measured ethanol levels. the maintenance dose of ethanol should be doubled during hemodialysis. As a rule of thumb, the maintenance dose of ethanol should be doubled during hemodialysis. If not, methanol metabolism can resume when the ethanol level drops, resulting in worsening toxicity despite hemodialysis.

62 Similar to ethanol, fomepizole blocks the metabolism of methanol and ethylene glycol by ADH and prevents the formation of toxic metabolites. methanol half-lives increase to 52 hours When methanol or ethylene glycol metabolism is blocked by fomepizole, their half-lives increase to an average of 52 and 17 hours.

63 Fomepizole Fomepizole is a C pregnancy category C drug; although not approved for use in children, its use has been reported.

64 Simply blocking toxic alcohol metabolism does not alter the toxicity of preformed metabolites. hemodialysis The use of neither fomepizole nor ethanol supplants the need for hemodialysis.

65 Fomepizole  Approved by FDA for E.G. poisoning in 1997, and for methanol poisoning in 2000

66 Fomepizole Fomepizole has an affinity for the enzyme that is 8000 times that of ethanol. In addition, it does not produce central nervous system depression or metabolic toxicity, and it does not require the monitoring of levels and dosage adjustments.

67 Fomepizole: The dose is 15 mg/kg followed by 10 mg/kg every 12 hours for four doses. After five doses, the dose increases to 15 mg/kg every 12 hours until the Methanol concentration is undetectable or less than 20 mg/dL and the patient is asymptomatic with a normal arterial pH. Dosing changes are required during hemodialysis.

68 Side effects of fomepizole: headache, nausea, dizziness, inflammation at the site of infusion, rash, eosinophilia, mild, reversible transaminase elevation.

69 hemodialysis Rapid removal of the methanol or ethylene glycol through hemodialysis before they have been metabolized remains the cornerstone of therapy.

70 hemodialysis is indicated in: patients who have metabolic acidosis, renal compromise, visual symptoms (methanol), deterioration despite intensive supportive care, electrolyte imbalances unresponsive to conventional therapy. a blood level of either substance greater than 50 mg/dl but in patients with normal kidneys, prolonged fomepizole treatment alone has been used without hemodialysis

71 Indications for Dialysis with Methanol Poisoning :

72 The endpoint for hemodialysis: an undetectable serum ethylene glycol or methanol concentration & the disappearance of acid-base abnormalities & the disappearance of signs of systemic toxicity. Closure of the anion gap also may serve as an endpoint for hemodialysis in situations in which levels are not available or reliable (i.e., in patients with delayed presentation).

73 If methanol analyses are unavailable: hemodialysis should be continued for at least 8 hours or until the osmolal gap is normal in two samples 1 hour apart.

74 In methanol poisoning, the rate of the final degradation reaction of formic acid to carbon dioxide and water depends on the cofactor folate. 50 mg leucovorin (folinic acid) IV every 4 hours 50 mg of leucovorin (folinic acid) should be given IV every 4 hours to adults with methanol toxicity. If folinic acid is unavailable, folic acid, in the same dose, can be used.

75 Thank You for your attention Thank You for your attention

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