Clin Case Rep Int | Volume 4, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

Slim to Kill: 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP), The Naïve Assassin!

Aditi Patankar1*, Niteen D Karnik1, Mayuri Trivedi1, Trupti Trivedi1 and Louis Aledort2

1Department of Medicine, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, India 2Department of Haematology and Medical Oncology, Icahn school of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

*Correspondance to: Aditi Patankar 

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2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) is known to cause rapid weight loss by “fat burning“. Despite this drug not being available over the counter, there is an underground supply mostly over the internet. We report the case of a 22-year-old healthy female who had rapid demise after ingestion of only two tablets of DNP. She was previously healthy, developed symptoms in five hours and succumbed within thirty minutes of admission. Since 1918, 1919 published deaths have been reported from developed countries. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported fatal case from a developing country


Patankar A, Karnik ND, Trivedi M, Trivedi T, Aledort L. Slim to Kill: 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP), The Naïve Assassin!. Clin Case Rep Int. 2020; 4: 1166.

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