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Putaminal Diffusion Restriction in a Case of Methanol Toxicity with Clinical Recovery

  • Matthew P. Quinn (a1), Lulu LCD Bursztyn (a2) and Manas Sharma (a3)


A 32-year-old male presented to the emergency department for confusion, dyspnea, and a “white out” of his central vision over the preceding 24 hours. The patient had recently consumed a bottle of alcohol purchased overseas. Bloodwork revealed a severe metabolic acidosis (pH 6.90) and a critically high methanol level of 28.9 mmol/l. Shortly after presentation, the patient went into respiratory failure and became comatose. He was intubated and admitted to the ICU.


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Correspondence to: Matthew Quinn, Department of Ophthalmology, Queen’s University, 166 Brock Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 5G2, Canada. Email:


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Putaminal Diffusion Restriction in a Case of Methanol Toxicity with Clinical Recovery

  • Matthew P. Quinn (a1), Lulu LCD Bursztyn (a2) and Manas Sharma (a3)


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