The large availability of salicylic acid products makes them an often encountered source of poisoning in the emergency department. Even though in most cases the prognosis is good, with a low incidence of long-term morbidity and mortality, complications do occur, and some of those can be life threatening. We present an unusual case of salicylate intoxication in an adolescent in which several uncommon complications (severe coagulopathy, pulmonary edema, and pancreatitis) conjoined together. We review the literature and discuss the complications pathogenesis and differential diagnosis. We suggest that these potentially life-threatening complications be acknowledged, investigated, and rapidly treated.
- Pulmonary edema
- Salicylic acid