Pattern of pediatric poisoning in the east Karadeniz region between 2002 and 2006: increased suicide poisoning

Hum Exp Toxicol. 2010 Feb;29(2):131-6. doi: 10.1177/0960327109357141. Epub 2009 Dec 17.


In the present study, 386 patients with the diagnosis of poisoning admitted to the Pediatric Emergency Unit of Farabi Hospital of Medical Faculty of Karadeniz Technical University between January 2002 and December 2006 were retrospectively evaluated with respect to gender, age, cause of poisoning, type of substance used, route of exposure, reason for the intake, signs and symptoms, time of referral to the hospital, hospitalization period, and prognosis. The age group of most poisoning cases was <5 years of age and constituted 51% (n = 197) of all cases. The main toxic agent was drugs (70.2%), followed by foods (8.8%), rodenticides (7%), insecticides/pesticides (4.9%), and carbon monoxide (4.7%). In childhood poisonings, accidental drug poisoning was frequent in toddlers, whereas suicidal poisoning was frequent in adolescents. The suicidal poisoning rate was 23.8% among all poisoning patients, and 98.9% of these patients were adolescents. The suicidal poisoning rates for males and females were 30% and 70%, respectively. An increase in suicidal and inhalation poisonings was observed when compared with previous studies that have been conducted in the same region. The results of the present study suggest that poisonings still represents an important health problem that could be prevented by safe drug storage at home, as well as parental education on adolescence issues, particularly those regarding females.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents / statistics & numerical data*
  • Accidents / trends
  • Adolescent
  • Aging
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / diagnosis
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drug Administration Routes
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Foodborne Diseases / diagnosis
  • Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Pesticides / poisoning
  • Poisoning* / epidemiology
  • Poisoning* / etiology
  • Poisoning* / psychology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rodenticides / poisoning
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Suicide, Attempted / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide, Attempted / trends
  • Turkey / epidemiology


  • Pesticides
  • Rodenticides