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Case Rep Crit Care. 2014;2014:589712. doi: 10.1155/2014/589712. Epub 2014 Jun 30.

Zinc phosphide poisoning.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Dicle University Medical School, 21280 Diyarbakir, Turkey.


Zinc phosphide has been used widely as a rodenticide. Upon ingestion, it gets converted to phosphine gas in the body, which is subsequently absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach and the intestines and gets captured by the liver and the lungs. Phosphine gas produces various metabolic and nonmetabolic toxic effects. Clinical symptoms are circulatory collapse, hypotension, shock symptoms, myocarditis, pericarditis, acute pulmonary edema, and congestive heart failure. In this case presentation, we aim to present the intensive care process and treatment resistance of a patient who ingested zinc phosphide for suicide purposes.

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