Zinc phosphide poisoning- Case Report and Brief Review

Rastogi, Prateek (2013) Zinc phosphide poisoning- Case Report and Brief Review. Journal of the Indian Society of Toxicology, 009 (001). pp. 30-32. ISSN 0973-3566.

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Zinc Phosphide, a commonly used rodenticide is emerging as one of the popular self-poisoning agent in adults due to its low cost, easy availability and highly toxic nature. Zinc Phosphide acts by liberating highly toxic phosphine gas on coming in contact with gastric acid and fatal period varies from few to 24 hours. In present paper, two cases of Zinc Phosphide poisoning autopsied at mortuary of Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore are presented. In both cases, deceased were young adults who consumed poison in vicinity of their own house and died after few days of hospitalization. No external injuries were present on the body. Chemical analysis report was positive for the presence of Zinc ions in preserved viscera and blood. Histopathology of internal organs was non-specific. In a developing country like India, where agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the majority, loss of crops due to insects can’t be ignored and thereby the use of rodenticides cannot be abolished. Hence, measures for safe usage and disposal of rodenticides should be adopted. In addition, extending psychiatric services to the community may help in identifying the high risk individuals who are likely to commit deliberate self-harm.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Zinc phosphide, suicide, rodenticide.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2013 10:18
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 10:18
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/136355

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