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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 129-133

Rodenticide poisoning: Literature review and management

Department of Emergency Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Jonathan Arul Jeevan Jayakaran
Department of Emergency Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_54_19

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Rodenticide is a broad term, and there are a wide variety of such compounds depending on the geographical region and availability. These compounds differ in their chemical composition, mechanism of action, toxic doses, and lethal effects. Coumarins, aluminum phosphide, zinc phosphide, and yellow phosphorous are the most easily available and commonly used rodenticides for deliberate self-harm. Aluminum phosphide poisoning is rapidly fatal, whereas yellow phosphorous poisoning too is associated with a high mortality within 1–2 weeks of consumption.

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