alexa An Epidemiological Study of Adult Acute Poisoning in Fez: Morocco
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Journal of Clinical Toxicology
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An Epidemiological Study of Adult Acute Poisoning in Fez: Morocco

Boukatta Brahim1*, El Bouazzaoui Abderrahim1, Guemoune Reda1, Houari Nawfal1, Achour Sanae2, Sbai Hicham1 and Kanjaa Nabil1

1Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Hassan II University Hospital, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco

2Department of Toxicology, Hassan II University Hospital, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco

*Corresponding Author:
Boukatta Brahim
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Hassan II university Hospital, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University
Fez, Morocco, 23 Jbel Zalagh Narjis C FEZ, Morocco 30070
Tel: (00212) 0661747812
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: November 08, 2014; Accepted date: December 23, 2014; Published date: December 26, 2014

Citation: Brahim B, Abderrahim EB, Reda G, Nawfal H, Sanae A, et al. (2014) An Epidemiological Study of Adult Acute Poisoning in Fez: Morocco. J Clin Toxicol 4:219. doi: 10.4172/2161-0495.1000219

Copyright: © 2014 Brahim B, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Introduction: Acute poisoning represents a real health problem in the world. It’s a frequent cause of admission to emergency departments and in the intensive care unit. This study aims to analysis epidemiological aspects, clinics, therapeutic, outcome and the factors of mortality of poisoning in Fez, Morocco. Methods: It’s a retrospective study, concerned all patients admitted for poisoning at the intensive care unit, from January 2009 to December 2012. Results: There were 201 patients admitted for acute poisoning. The median age was 26.26 years with a female predominance (74.1%). The circumstances of poisoning were suicidal, accidental and unknown in 85%, 10% and 5% respectively. Ingestion was the major route of exposure (94.5%), followed by inhalation (5.5%). The most frequent main toxic agents were pesticides (64.17%), medication (22.38%), carbon monoxide (5.5%) and caustic agents (5.5%). The main symptoms were nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain in 117 cases (58.2%). Disorders of consciousness were reported in 62 cases (30.8%). Hemodynamic instability was associated especially with acute aluminum phosphide poisoning. Increase of Troponin Ic was observed in 23 cases (12.7%). The electrocardiogram was abnormal in 21 cases (10.4%) especially with acute aluminum phosphide and carbon monoxide poisonings. Gastric lavage was done for 158 patients (78.60%). 33 patients (16.6%) were need mechanical ventilation. 19 patients (9.5%) of aluminium phosphide poisoning were needed vasoactive. The rate of mortality was 10.9%. The aluminium phosphide poisoning was responsible for 18 (81.8%) deaths. Apart from AIP poisoning, the mortality rate was 2.18%. The statistically significant prognosis factors for death were aluminium phosphide poisoning, cardiovascular signs as shock, myocarditis, electrocardiogram abnormalities, elevated cardiac troponin levels, respiratory distress, need for mechanical ventilation and vasoactive drugs. Conclusion: This epidemiological study revealed the high mortality associated with acute poisonings, especially to aluminium phosphide. The prevention remains the best approach for reducing morbidity and mortality.

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