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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Year : 2019, Volume : 13, Issue : 1
First page : ( 67) Last page : ( 71)
Print ISSN : 0973-9122. Online ISSN : 0973-9130.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0973-9130.2019.00014.8

Trends of Death due to Poisoning among Females at a Tertiary Care Centre in North Karnataka

Kumar C N Ravindra1, Nayak Gajanan H2,*, Biradar Sunilkumar S3, Sudhan S Madhu4, Karlawad Mahalaxmi5, Selvan Muthamizh5

1Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, East Point College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bengaluru

2Professor & Head, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, KIMS, Hubballi

3Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, KIMS, Hubballi

4Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Shridevi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Hospital, Tumakuru

5Postgraduate, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, KIMS, Hubballi

*Corresponding author: Dr. Gajanan H Nayak Professor & Head, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi-580021. E-mail: drravindracn@gmail.com, drgajunayak@gmail.com. Mob: +91 9448111999

Online published on 8 February, 2019.

Abstract

The present study evaluated the trends of death due to Poisoning among females in Northern Karnataka region for a period of one year, from January 2014-December 2014 in the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi, Karnataka.

There were a total of 60 female cases died due to Poisoning. The highest incidence (36.7%) was seen in victims aged between 11–20 years. 88.3% were from rural origin and most of the victims were literates and completed High School (50%). Majority of victims (71.7%) belonged to upper lower (Class IV) socioeconomic class and majority of the victims were home maker (68.3%) by occupation. Most common type of poison consumed or used was Organophosphorus Insecticide (68.3%), followed by Carbamates (15%) and Organochlorines (1.7%). Suicidal poisoning (93.3%) was most common among the victims.

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Keywords

Poisoning, Insecticides, Pesticides, Suicide, Accidental.

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