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An Unusual Cause of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Narghile Smoking

Unusual clinical course, Challenging differential diagnosis, Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents, Management of emergency care, Educational Purpose (only if useful for a systematic review or synthesis)

Alpay Ateş, Müge Arikan, Ayşegul Özgök

Turkey Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Karabuk University, Karabuk, Turkey

Am J Case Rep 2016; 17:660-662

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.899590

Available online:

Published: 2016-09-13

BACKGROUND: Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is commonly seen during the winter season in Turkey due to use of charcoal stoves and water heaters, but narghile smoking is a rare cause of CO poisoning.
CASE REPORT: In this paper, we report a CO poisoning case caused by narghile smoking. The patient was admitted to the ED with nausea, dizziness, vertigo, and syncope.
CONCLUSIONS: The diagnosis of CO poisoning depends on suspicious anamnesis. The major treatment of CO poisoning is oxygen supply.

Keywords: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Signs and Symptoms, Syncope