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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN: 0972-5229
EISSN: 1998-359x
Vol. 13, No. 1, 2009, pp. 41-43
Bioline Code: cm09011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2009, pp. 41-43

 en Severe myocardial depression in a patient with aluminium phosphide poisoning: A clinical, electrocardiographical and histopathological correlation
Shah, Viral; Baxi, Seema & Vyas, Tanmay


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.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.53117

Aluminium phosphide, myocardial depression, myocyte vacuolation, myocytolysis, phosphide poisoning

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