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EC number: 500-012-0
CAS number: 9004-77-7
The authors noted that most pediatric ingestions of glycol ethers are
accidental and small in amount, do not develop clinical sequelae, and
that very few cases require treatment. This suggests a low order of
acute toxicity to humans.
A young child (22 months old) accidentally consumed a very large dose of
brake fluid, which is predominantly composed of triethylene glycol alkyl
ethers (where the alkyl is either methyl, ethyl or butyl). The dose was
estimated to be in excess of 20g/kg. Exposure triggered severe
metabolic acidosis and other clinical symptoms briefly requiring
intensive care, including haemodialysis, but the patient fully recovered
within 3 days with no complications.
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