Antifreeze Poisoning

Definition - What does Antifreeze Poisoning mean?

Antifreeze Poisoning, also known as Ethylene Glycol Poisoning, is poisoning that occurs after ingestion of antifreeze used in cooling engines of the automobile or other machines that use coolants. Engine coolants can also cause Antifreeze positioning because of the presence of poisonous ingredients such as Ethylene Glycol, Methanol and Propylene Glycol. However, the primary ingredient that causes Antifreeze Poisoning is Ethylene Glycol.

Petropedia explains Antifreeze Poisoning

The primary ingredient of automotive coolant or antifreeze is Ethylene glycol which is a toxic, odorless, colorless and a non volatile liquid that has a sweet taste which has poisoning effect when consumed by humans or animals. Some of the symptoms caused when it is consumed are vomiting, intoxication, cardiovascular dysfunction and kidney failure. The major cause of the poisoning effect is the presence of oxalic acid and glycolic acid. Once antifreeze poisoning is detected, it should be treated by conducting hemodialysis which helps in removing Ethylene Glycol.

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