Hooch blindness: a community study report on a few indoor patients of toxic optic neuropathy following consumption of adulterated alcohol in West Bengal

Authors

  • SK Samanta Ophthalmology, Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • K Fariduddin Ophthalmology, Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • N Mahapatra Paediatric Medicine, Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • J Bhunia Ophthalmology, Central Hospital, S E Railways, Garden Reach, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • P Mondal Ophthalmology, Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/nepjoph.v4i1.5868

Keywords:

hooch blindness, toxic optic neuropathy, adulterated alcohol

Abstract

Introduction: Hooch blindness following consumption of adulterated alcohol has been known for centuries.

Objective: To study cases of mass alcohol intoxication followed by Hooch blindness in eastern India.

Materials and methods: Ten patients of toxic amblyopia collected from a community mass intoxication following consumption of adulterated alcohol were studied. The parameters studied were the findings of ocular examination, applanation tonometry, automated perimetry and visual-evoked potential (VEP). As a part of the special investigations fundus photography and OCT were done. Routine blood examination, fasting lipid profile, postprandial blood sugar estimation were done . All patients were treated with injections of methyl prednisolone and Hydroxy cobalamine, antioxidants and local neuro-protective agents.

Results: Along with diminished vision (from NPL to 3/60), marked pallor of the disc without any other retinal change were noted. The amplitude on VEP was significantly reduced. However, visual improvement (up to 6/18) in 7 patients was observed within 6 weeks of treatment.

Conclusion: Hooch blindness in India can be prevented by creating awareness among the target population and reducing the cost of country liquor.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/nepjoph.v4i1.5868

NEPJOPH 2012; 4(1): 162-164

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Samanta, S., Fariduddin, K., Mahapatra, N., Bhunia, J., & Mondal, P. (2012). Hooch blindness: a community study report on a few indoor patients of toxic optic neuropathy following consumption of adulterated alcohol in West Bengal. Nepalese Journal of Ophthalmology, 4(1), 162–164. https://doi.org/10.3126/nepjoph.v4i1.5868

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