CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2013; 03(02): 025-028
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1703648
Original Article


Pratik Vijay Tarvadi
1   Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, KSHEMA, NITTE University, Mangalore
Shankar M. Bakkannavar
2   Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, 6 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal
Manjunath S.
3   Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, 6 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal.
Vikram Palimar
4   Additional Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, 6 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal.
G. Pradeep Kumar
5   Professor & HOD, Department of Forensic Medicine, 6 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal.
Mahabalesh Shetty
6   Professor & HOD, Department of Forensic Medicine, KSHEMA, NITTE University, Mangalore
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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.

Publication History

Article published online:
27 April 2020

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