Which clinical history findings are characteristic of methanol ingestion alcohol toxicity?

Updated: Jan 05, 2021
  • Author: Michael D Levine, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Following methanol ingestion, a patient is initially inebriated as with the other alcohols. Other symptoms can be delayed for up to 12-24 hours.

The patient may complain of headache, nausea, vomiting, or anorexia. Occasionally, the patient may complain of shortness of breath related to hyperventilation. Seizures and coma can occur. [19]

Because one of the primary end-organs involved in methanol is the eye, the patient may complain of difficulty seeing. Specifically, vision is often described as a "snow field," though a variety of visual complaints may be verbalized.


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