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Pediatrics Education and Research

Volume  5, Issue 2, May-Aug 2017, Pages 19-22


Original Article

Kerosene Poisoning in Childhood: A 6-Year Retrospective Study at a Tertiary Referral Hospital Government Medical College and Hospital Nagpur
Ajay Kasumbiwal*, Mohini Apte**, Arti Nakhte***
*Associate Professor **Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharastra, India.
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Kerosene poisoning being an important and preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the india. Kerosene aspiration may be associated with chemical interstitial pneumonitis and rarely death. Material and Methods: A 6 year retrospective study of Children admitted with kerosene poisoning at GMC & H Nagpur during the years 2011 to 2016. Demographic and clinical data were collected and analysed from the case records.51 children were admitted with kerosene poisoning. Male preponderance (62%) was noted. There wasalso seasonal (October to December) andurban preponderance. The peak age group was from 1 to 3 years. Cough,vomiting Drowsiness were the main symptoms. There was no death due to kerosene poisoning in this study. Kerosene poisoning happens largely due to ignorance of parents. Kerosene should be dispensed in child proof bottles with pictorial warnings to deter children.

Keywords: Kerosene; Aspiration; Children; Vomiting; Drowsiness.


Corresponding Author : Ajay Kasumbiwal, Associate Professor, Department Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Nagpur 440009.