A Rare Case of Pyrethroid Poisoning Presenting as Auditory Hallucination

Ruhma Ali, Aditya Patel, Modupeoluwa Owolabi, Rachel Bengart, Emily Klein, Venkata Sugnanam


Pyrethroid is an insecticide which is widely used for household pests. Even though they are relatively less toxic to humans, reports of accidental poisoning are not uncommon. Cases of anosmia, tremors and arrhythmias after pyrethroid exposure have been reported; however auditory hallucinations have not been presented yet. Herein, we present a case of auditory hallucination in the form of ringing in the ear after exposure to airborne pyrethrin in a 69-year-old male. The significance of this case report is related to the wide use of insecticides containing pyrethrin and highlights the need for physician awareness of this uncommon pathology.

J Med Cases. 2022;13(2):76-79
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/jmc3878


Insecticides; Pyrethroid poisoning; Auditory hallucinations

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