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Acute yellow phosphorus poisoning causing fulminant hepatic failure with parenchymal hemorrhages and contained duodenal perforation

Reddy Ravikanth, S. Sandeep, Babu Philip

Keywords : Acute poisoning, antidote, duodenal perforation, hepatotoxin, intoxication, supportive treatment, yellow phosphorus

Citation Information : Ravikanth R, Sandeep S, Philip B. Acute yellow phosphorus poisoning causing fulminant hepatic failure with parenchymal hemorrhages and contained duodenal perforation. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (4):238-242.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_410_16

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-05-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


White phosphorus is well known as a potent hepatotoxin and a severe local and systemic toxin causing damage to gastrointestinal, hepatic, cardiovascular, and renal systems. It is used in the manufacture of matches, fireworks, rodenticide, and fertilizers. Death results due to acute liver failure. Management of yellow phosphorus (YP) poisoning is supportive with no antidote available. Here, we present a case of acute YP poisoning in a 25-year-old female presenting with fulminant hepatic failure and duodenal perforation.

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