Mortality due to Insecticide Poisoning – A retrospective post-mortem study

Palimar, Vikram and Rastogi, Prateek (2011) Mortality due to Insecticide Poisoning – A retrospective post-mortem study. Journal of South India Medico-legal Association, 3 (2).

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Insecticides are a major contributor in human poison fatalities worldwide including India. Present study was attempted to study the profile of insecticide mortality in this part of the country. This is a twelve year retrospective review of insecticide poisoning fatalities undertaken at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Among total of 1917 autopsies conducted, 372 cases were due to poisoning out of which 287 cases (15%) were of death due to insecticides with a predominance of organophosphates. Ninety two percent of poisoning fatalities were due to self-poisoning. Majority of victims were males in their 3rd decade of life. Majority of the cases occurred in villages, more during winter season with indoor consumption of poison in more than 3/4th of cases. We suggest further studies at multiple centers to observe a trend in order to float a new strategy for controlling this insecticide menace.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Insecticides; organophosphorous compounds; poisoning fatalities; self poisoning.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2012 06:29
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2012 06:29

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