The differential diagnosis for the infant presenting with an apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) is broad. Toxic ingestions are a relatively uncommon cause of an ALTE, although several over-the-counter, prescription, and illicit drugs have been implicated. We present 2 cases of ethanol intoxication in infants as a previously unreported cause of an ALTE. Additionally, serial ethanol levels for these patients offer novel insight into the pharmacokinetics of ethanol metabolism in infants. Ethanol ingestion may be an underrecognized cause of an ALTE and should be considered if the history or physical examination is suggestive.
Ethanol Ingestion in Two Infants Under 2 Months Old: A Previously Unreported Cause of ALTE
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Taylor McCormick, Michael Levine, Oma Knox, Ilene Claudius; Ethanol Ingestion in Two Infants Under 2 Months Old: A Previously Unreported Cause of ALTE. Pediatrics February 2013; 131 (2): e604–e607. 10.1542/peds.2012-1652
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