Carbon monoxide poisoning associated with water pipe smoking

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Turkmen S., Eryigit U., Şahin A., Yeniocak S., Türedi S.

CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY, vol.49, no.7, pp.697-698, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/15563650.2011.598160
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.697-698
  • Keywords: Toxicology, Poisoning, Carbon monoxide, Water pipe
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The water pipe is a means of tobacco consumption widespread in Turkey and Arab countries. We present two patients brought to our emergency department due to a syncopal attack secondary to carbon monoxide toxicity following water pipe use. This rare form of poisoning should be borne in mind by emergency physicians as a differential diagnosis in water pipe smokers. Water pipes should be used where there is adequate ventilation.