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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 15(5); 2004 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2004;15(5): 409-412.
A Case of Endosulfan Intoxication Occurring in Groups
Sung Kuk Kim, Soo Hyeong Cho, Nam Soo Cho
Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea. chosooh@hanmail.net
Endosulfan is an agricultural chemical of organic chlorine, is toxic in both the central nervous system and the cardiovascular system, and causes respiratory system disorder and deaths by status epilepticus, respiratory distress, and so on. The use of this agricultural chemical of organic chlorine is limited by its toxicity. However, it is still used as a common insecticide, so it is readily to available. Four elderly people were admitted with depression of consciousness and convulsions after eating pan-fried food. During their treatment, the patients were diagnosed with endosulfan intoxication, completely by accident. We are reporting these cases of endosulfan intoxication that showed variable clinical findings from mild sequelae to death.
Key words: Endosulfan, Status epilepticus
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