A Study on Autopsy Findings of Different Types of Poisoning Cases at NRSMCH Morgue WHO Admitted and Expired at NRS Medical College Hospital, Kolkata
Keywords:Poisoning, insecticide, stress, Autopsy, corrosive, ophitoxaemia.
Background: Poisoning constitutes a major number of hospital admissions among different types of
hospital admission cases in India. Several factors like development of science along with invention of strong
insecticides and change in life style of human beings added with mental & social stress and easy availability
of poisons are few factors responsible for increasing number of poisoning cases. The cause and the nature of
poisoning cases which are admitting in different hospitals many times remain unknown to us. This problem
can be solved by examining different autopsy findings of different poisoning cases & chemical analysis of
different organs as early as possible. The main objective of the study is to study both the external and internal
autopsy findings in case of death due to poisoning. Methods: 74 poisoning cases were studied over a period
of one year who were first admitted in NRSMCH and subsequently died at the said Hospital. Brought death
and nursing home/other Hospital admission cases/ cases referred from other Hospital are excluded from this
study. The study is a prospective, cross sectional and descriptive study. Conclusion: Corrosive poisoning
is the commonest type of poison followed by ophitoxaemia. Face was congested in most cases of death. No
significant findings found in most of the victim’s oesophagus. Majority of internal organs were congested.
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