Phosphide poisoning: A review of literature

Gurvinder Singh Bumbrah, Kewal Krishan, Tanuj Kanchan, Madhulika Sharma, Gurvinder Singh Sodhi

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Abstract

Metal phosphides in general and aluminium phosphide in particular are potent insecticides and rodenticides. These are commercially used for protection of crops during storage, as well as during transportation. However, these are highly toxic substances. Their detrimental effects may range from nausea and headache to renal failure and death. It is, therefore, pertinent to ensure their circumspect handling to avoid poisoning episodes. Its poisoning has a high mortality and recent years have seen an increase in the number of poisoning cases and deaths caused by suicidal ingestion. Yet due to their broad spectrum applications, these chemicals cannot be written off. The present communication reviews the various aspects of toxicity associated with metal phosphides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalForensic Science International
Volume214
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10-01-2012
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Bumbrah, G. S., Krishan, K., Kanchan, T., Sharma, M., & Sodhi, G. S. (2012). Phosphide poisoning: A review of literature. Forensic Science International, 214(1-3), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2011.06.018