Cerebral infarction immediately after ingestion of hydrogen peroxide solution

Scott J Sherman, Leslie V Boyer, William A. Sibley

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Background: We report the clinical and neuroimaging findings of a patient who sustained multiple cerebral infarcts after the ingestion of concentrated hydrogen peroxide solution sold as a 'health food' product. Case Description: An 84-year-old man sustained focal neurological deficits immediately after ingesting 30 mL of 35% hydrogen peroxide solution. Physical examination disclosed a left hemiparesis, frontal release signs, and cerebellar dysfunctions. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed multiple cerebral and cerebellar infarctions in the anterior, middle, and posterior vascular territories. Conclusions: The likely mechanism of pathogenesis involves cerebral oxygen gas embolization. The use of hyperbaric therapy should be considered in treating hydrogen peroxide poisoning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1065-1067
Number of pages3
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1994



  • cerebral infarction
  • embolism
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • hyperbaric oxygenation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)

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