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. 1996 Aug;42(8 Pt 2):1356-60.

Pediatric Poisonings

  • PMID: 8697612

Pediatric Poisonings

J G Goepp. Clin Chem. .


In a general exposition of clinical and laboratory issues in the emergency management of poisoning in the pediatric patient I briefly discuss the epidemiology of poisonings in the child population, the categories of poisons to which children are exposed most frequently, and clinical and laboratory considerations, focusing on the importance of understanding the pharmacological properties of the compound involved. I review diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making in light of the characteristics of the known or suspected chemical involved. Finally, the information presented is integrated in a discussion of two cases of poisoned patients in a hospital emergency department.

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