Zinc phosphide ingestion: a case report and review.


We present the case of a patient who attempted suicide by ingestion of the rodenticide zinc phosphide. Zinc phosphide manifests its immediate toxicity through production of phosphine gas. Signs and symptoms of toxicity include nausea, vomiting, dyspnea, and changes in mental status; immediate death results from pulmonary edema. Delayed effects are secondary to the absorption of phosphide, affecting primarily the liver, heart and kidneys. Delayed deaths are related to a direct cardiotoxicity. Treatment is mainly symptomatic and supportive; aggressive airway management and circulatory support are critical to a successful outcome.

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@article{Rodenberg1989ZincPI, title={Zinc phosphide ingestion: a case report and review.}, author={H D Rodenberg and Choong Chor Chang and Will A Watson}, journal={Veterinary and human toxicology}, year={1989}, volume={31 6}, pages={559-62} }