Spot diagnosis of aluminium phosphide ingestion: an application of a simple test

J Assoc Physicians India. 1989 Mar;37(3):219-20.


Silver nitrate impregnated paper test was performed with the gastric fluid and in breath in 50 patients of aluminium phosphide poisoning. The test was 100% positive with gastric fluid but was positive in 50% patients in breath. The test is simple, reliable and sensitive method to detect phosphine (PH3) for bed side diagnosis of aluminium phosphide (AIP) ingestion.

MeSH terms

  • Aluminum Compounds*
  • Breath Tests / methods
  • Gastric Juice / analysis
  • Humans
  • Pesticides / poisoning*
  • Phosphines / poisoning*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Reagent Strips*
  • Silver Nitrate


  • Aluminum Compounds
  • Pesticides
  • Phosphines
  • Reagent Strips
  • Silver Nitrate
  • aluminum phosphide