turpentine poisoning

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tur·pen·tine poi·son·ing

poisoning from oil of turpentine; symptoms include hematuria, albuminuria, and coma; the urine may have an odor of violets.
Synonym(s): terebinthinism

turpentine poisoning

Poisoning usually caused by inhalation of turpentine.


Symptoms include a warm or burning sensation in the esophagus and stomach, followed by cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pulse and respiration become weak, slow, and irregular. Irritation of the urinary tract and central nervous system resembles alcoholic intoxication.

First Aid

The airway should be secured and breathing assessed. Other therapies are supportive (intravenous fluids, oxygen, etc.).

See also: poisoning