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Does someone with paint thinner poisoning require hospitalization?

A person with paint thinner poisoning is generally examined in the emergency room, where the physicians determine whether hospital admission is necessary. Someone who swallowed a "nontoxic" hydrocarbon and doesn't develop symptoms will soon be allowed to go home with a caretaker. Someone who has symptoms, such as choking, will have a chest x-ray and remain in the emergency room for a while. If the x-ray does not show signs of lung inflammation, the victim can go home after about six hours. Hospital admission is necessary if signs of lung inflammation or complications of paint thinner poisoning are present.

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