Super vasomol hair dye poisoning



Acute renal failure, hair dye, paraphenylenediamine, rhabdomyolysis


Hair dye poisoning is not rare but is an emerging poisoning in India. The main component of hair dye causing toxicity is paraphenylenediamine (PPD). Acute poisoning by PPD causes characteristic severe angioedema of the upper airway accompanied by a swollen, dry, hard, and protruding tongue. Systemic intoxication results in multisystem involvement and can cause rhabdomyolysis, acute renal failure (ARF). PPD consumption is an uncommon cause of ARF. There is no specific antidote for PPD and treatment is mainly supportive. We report a case of suicidal ingestion of hair dye that presented with cervicofascial edema and later developed rhabdomyolysis and ARF. Our patient improved with dialysis and symptomatic management.


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A. S., P. K., Talari, K., & Dutta, T. K. (2018). Super vasomol hair dye poisoning. Toxicology International, 19(1), 77–78. Retrieved from