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|Title:||Acute arsenic self-poisoning for suicidal purpose in a dentist: A case report|
|Authors:||Uludağ Üniversitesi/Tıp Fakültesi/İç Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı.|
Uludağ Üniversitesi/Tıp Fakültesi/Acil Servis Anabilim Dalı.
Uludağ Üniversitesi/Tıp Fakültesi/Gastroenteroloji Anabilim Dalı.
Ölmez, Ömer Fatih
Dolar, Mahmut Enver
|Citation:||Yılmaz, Y. vd. (2009). "Acute arsenic self-poisoning for suicidal purpose in a dentist: A case report". Human and Experimental Toxicology, 28(1), 63-65.|
|Abstract:||Arsenic is a classical poison that has been historically used since ancient times for homicidal purposes. More recently, episodes of deliberate or unintentional arsenic self-poisoning have been increasingly reported. We describe here a case of a 77-year old male patient with a history of major depression, who attempted suicide by ingestion of 4 g of arsenic trioxide. The man, a dentist by profession, used arsenic preparations for pulp devitalization. The patient was admitted to our hospital 5 h after arsenic ingestion with nausea and vomiting. Plain radiograph of the abdomen showed radio-opaque material in the stomach and small intestine. Nasogastric lavage, activated charcoal, and chelators; were used to remove arsenic. On day 3, endoscopy disclosed the presence of gastritis and superficial ulcers. The patient developed significant anemia (Hb: 8.7 g/dL on day 7) without significant signs of hemolysis. He gradually recovered from anemia within 5 months. The patient did not suffer any adverse outcome in spite of having ingesting 4 g of arsenic, approximately 20 times the lethal dose.|
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