Paraphenylenediamine Poisoning in Tunisia: A Case Report

Dorra Amira, Ines Gana, Anouar Nouioui, Fathia Khlifi, Dorra Ben Salah, Wafa Masri, Ines Belwaer, Hayet Ghorbel, Abderrazzek Hedili


Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) represents the main active substance in the color of hair dyes. In Tunisia, PPD poisoning is very common, especially in rural areas where the consequences linked to this toxic substance are still unknown. In this paper, we report a case of PPD poisoning and confirm the diagnosis by a qualitative method of analysis. We discuss the clinical manifestations and study the kinetics of biological parameters during the monitoring of the poisoning. The main complication was renal failure and the treatment was basically symptomatic.


p-Phenylenediamine, PPD, Hair dyes, Renal failure, Poisoning

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