Prevalence of Organophosphate Poisoning In Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

umakanth, maheswaran (2017) Prevalence of Organophosphate Poisoning In Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Toxicology, 6 (4). pp. 115-117.

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Background: Deliberate self-harm (DSH) is a global problem which has steadily increased over the past few years in developing countries and has become as one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in these countries. The aim of this prospective study was to analyze the prevalence of organophosphate poisoning among other acute DSH cases admitted to the medical ward at Batticaloa Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka. We report the socio-demographic, and outcome of organophosphate poisoning. Method: The prospective study comprises of 121 cases of acute poisoning admitted at Batticaloa Teaching Hospital (BTH), Sri Lanka. This study was conducted for a period of three months from April 12 through July 12, 2017. Results: Among the subjects, 119 (98.34) cases had intentional poisoning and only two cases (1.65) accidental poisoning. Poisoning with organophosphate compounds (OP) 23 (19) was the second leading type. There were 13 (56.5) males and 10 (43.5) females. Most of the patients were under the age group of 20-29 years old. 21 cases lived in rural areas and 2 in urban areas. Out of 23 patients, there were 2 (8.7) deaths, 18 (78.3) were discharged without any complications. Conclusion: DSH in Sri Lanka is reported to be associated with interpersonal conflict, short premeditation, as well as alcohol misuse among males.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QV pharmacology
Divisions: Journals > Asia Pacific J Toxicology
Depositing User: apjmt apjmt
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 03:57
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 03:57

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