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Revista Cubana de Pediatría

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PRADO VIZCAINO, Yalena et al. Acute intoxications in pediatrics. Rev Cubana Pediatr [online]. 2011, vol.83, n.4, pp.356-364. ISSN 0034-7531.

Introduction: the intoxications have been in past years a major cause of increase of morbidity and mortality in pediatric ages. Objective: to determine the clinical behavior of acute intoxications from January, 2005 to December, 2009 in the "William Soler" Children Hospital. Methods: in above mentioned hospital the study was conducted. The medical records, acute intoxications registry and the coding cards of hospital discharges were reviewed due to intoxications of patients admitted at hospital in this period. Results: in hospital 886 patients were admitted. The group with a greater frequency of intoxications was that aged 1 to 5 with predominance of male sex although without significant differences regarding female sex. The more frequent intoxications were due to drugs mainly the psychogenic drugs and antibiotics, followed by foods and by chemical products at home. The 30,2 % of cases were admitted. Conclusions: these results make us to think in the need to be on the alert and to create actions aimed to protect or to prevent the intoxications in so vulnerable ages.

Keywords : intoxications; acute toxicity; pediatrics.

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