Joel B. Raffel, BMBCh; Joanne Thompson, BA, MB BChir
Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.
Raffel J., Thompson J.; Carbon Monoxide From Domestic Coffee Roasting: A Case Report. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:795-796. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-11-201312030-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(11):795-796.
Background: During roasting, coffee beans generate substantial carbon monoxide, much of which is released during grinding (1). Fatal and near-fatal acute carbon monoxide exposures have occurred in industrial coffee-processing plants (2, 3).
Purpose: To describe the first reported cases to our knowledge of acute carbon monoxide poisoning from domestic coffee roasting.
Case Report: In March 2013, 2 women aged 47 and 48 years of Eritrean origin arrived at a London hospital by ambulance. They had developed vomiting, abdominal cramps, headache, and vertigo while preparing coffee together. When symptoms began, 1 woman opened a window hoping for symptomatic relief. The other woman soon lost consciousness, fell, and injured her leg.
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