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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41--43

Severe myocardial depression in a patient with aluminium phosphide poisoning: A clinical, electrocardiographical and histopathological correlation


1 Department of Medicine, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.53117

PMID: 19881181

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Aluminium phosphide poisoning is very common in India. It is one of the most fatal poisons. The clinical spectrum of poisoning varies depending upon the dosage and duration of consumption. The main effect of the poison is due to the release of phosphine which inhibits cytochrome oxidase and thereby hampers cellular oxygen utilization. Almost any organ can be affected by aluminium phosphide poisoning. We report a case where the heart was the predominantly affected organ. We describe the clinical symptoms and signs and their correlation with electrocardiographic and histopathological examinations.






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