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Methanol Poisoning; Symptoms and Mechanisms
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Radium
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 5:11 pm    Post subject: Methanol Poisoning; Symptoms and Mechanisms Reply with quote

Methanol blinds the left eye by attacking the cells that make up its
lens. Symptoms are:

1. Visual distortion; 2-D images appear 3-D; visual hallucinations
2. Loss of image perception
3. Loss of color perception
4. Sudden and complete blindess; subject cannot tell even dark or
light!; the description is usualy "seeing nothing at all", no light, no
darkness. Just totaly blank. Wierd feeling!
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Rich
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 5:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Methanol Poisoning; Symptoms and Mechanisms Reply with quote

"Radium" <glucegen1@excite.com> wrote in message
news:1148749895.167093.114300@j55g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
Quote:
Methanol blinds the left eye by attacking the cells that make up its
lens. Symptoms are:

1. Visual distortion; 2-D images appear 3-D; visual hallucinations
2. Loss of image perception
3. Loss of color perception
4. Sudden and complete blindess; subject cannot tell even dark or
light!; the description is usualy "seeing nothing at all", no light, no
darkness. Just totaly blank. Wierd feeling!


Actually, methanol is converted to formaldehyde by an enzyme in the liver
called dehydrogenase. Formaldehyde is a potent toxin that can cause
seizures, blindness (in both eyes, not just the left), metabolic acidosis,
coma, and death.
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joe kerr
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Joined: 28 May 2006
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: Methanol Poisoning; Symptoms and Mechanisms Reply with quote

On Sat, 27 May 2006 10:11:35 -0700, Radium wrote:

Quote:
Methanol blinds the left eye by attacking the cells that make up its lens.
Symptoms are:

1. Visual distortion; 2-D images appear 3-D; visual hallucinations 2. Loss
of image perception
3. Loss of color perception
4. Sudden and complete blindess; subject cannot tell even dark or light!;
the description is usualy "seeing nothing at all", no light, no darkness.
Just totaly blank. Wierd feeling!

What a loon.
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Robert Redelmeier
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Joined: 28 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 1:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Methanol Poisoning; Symptoms and Mechanisms Reply with quote

In sci.med.vision joe kerr <joe.kerr@no.spam> wrote in part:
Quote:
On Sat, 27 May 2006 10:11:35 -0700, Radium wrote:
Methanol blinds the left eye by attacking the cells that
make up its lens. Symptoms are:

1. Visual distortion; 2-D images appear 3-D; visual
hallucinations
2. Loss of image perception
3. Loss of color perception
4. Sudden and complete blindess; subject cannot tell even dark
or light!; the description is usualy "seeing nothing at all",
no light, no darkness. Just totaly blank. Wierd feeling!

What a loon.

That is being generous. I think troll is more likely.
Unfortunately an important subject that needs correction.
Accurate information is trivially easy to find:

http://www-clinpharm.medschl.cam.ac.uk/pages/teaching/topics/poison/poison9.html

Note the heavy use of ethanol as an antidote: it blocks
(competition) the oxidation pathways to reduce the formic
acid generation and allow elimination.

-- Robert
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