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A retrospective analysis of acute poisoning during pregnancy

Author(s): Sevdegül Karadaş | Ayşe Güler | İrfan Aydın

Journal: Journal of the Turkish-German Gynecological Association
ISSN 1309-0399

Volume: 12;
Issue: 04;
Start page: 199;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Poisoning | pregnancy | emergency service

Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate and analyse pregnant women who were admitted to our emergency service due to acute poisoning.Material and Methods: All cases were retrospectively collected from our computer records and emergency record book between 01.01.2006 and 01.01.2010; the registration data on age, gravidity, gestational week, whether the poisoning was deliberate or accidental, causative agent, admission time, treatment results and mortality outcome were collected and analyzed. Results: Eighty eight women admitted with acute poisoning were known to be pregnant and the poisoning was accidental in 23% of the cases, while 77% were suicidal intoxications. 74% of patients were in the 21-34 age group. Accidental intoxications were due to carbon monoxide, foods and cleaning products. 75.4% of the suicidal poisonings were caused by medical drugs, with analgesics, multiple drugs and psychiatric drugs being the top culprits and accounted for 53%, 31% and 16% of drug poisonings respectively. In terms of gestational week, 47.4% of suicidal poisonings were within the first trimester and the relationship between suicidal attempt and gestational week was found to be statistically significant (p
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