Trends of poisoning among children at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal

Bakkannavar, Shankar M and Manjunath, S and Palimar, Vikram and Kumar, Pradeep G (2013) Trends of poisoning among children at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. Nitte University Journal of Health Science, 3 (2). pp. 25-28. ISSN 2249-7110

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Background :Pediatric poisoning is a common medical emergency and also associated with a high morbidity and mortality in children. In developing countries like India, poisoning emergencies are becoming a major cause of mortality in infants and toddlers. Among the various studies conducted on poisoning in our country, the study on poisoning is predominantly on adults and hence this study is taken up to understand the incidence of childhood poisoning cases. Method : A ten year retrospective study from January 1999 to December 2008 was conducted at the Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, to comprehend the magnitude of childhood poisoning cases at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal. Results : Insecticide poisoning was the most predominant poisoning followed by venomous bites. Conclusion : Our study examines the most common poison involved and route of intake among children to identify specific ages at risk and give suggestions so as to reduce the morbidity and mortality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pediatric, poisoning, insecticide
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2013 04:46
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2013 04:46

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