Forensic medicine – MCQ 37 – Chemistry of methyl alcohol poisoning

In methyl alcohol poisoning there is CNS depression, cardiac depression and optic nerve atrophy. These effects are produced due to:
A. Formaldehyde and formic acid
B. Acetaldehyde
C. Pyridine
D. Acetic acid

Correct answer : A. Formaldehyde and formic acid

Methyl alcohol is converted into formaldehyde by alcohol dehydrogenase. It is in turn converted to formic acid by aldehyde dehydrogenase.

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