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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 102-105

A case of fatal liver failure due to chronic environmental exposure of copper in a child


Department of Pediatrics, GMERS Medical College and Sola Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Nehal Patel
Department of Pediatrics, GMERS Medical College and Sola Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad - 380 060, Gujarat
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ed.ed_21_22

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Chronic liver damage followed by copper toxicity is very rare in pediatric population. This case report describes a 9-year-old child with acute liver failure as the presentation of copper toxicity due to chronic environmental exposure as a part of an occupational hazard. If not intervened in the early stage, the outcome is always lethal. Therefore, it is recommended to rule out heavy metal toxicity like copper as a cause of liver damage for any case of acute or chronic liver failure after ruling out the common infectious and inflammatory causes.


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