A Fatal Case of Yellow Phosphorus Poisoning with Refractory Cardiogenic Shock


Yellow phosphorus (YP), is a commonly used rodenticide paste in India. It is a powerful protoplasmic poison leading to acute fulminant hepatic failure, and has 100 % mortality in patients with delayed presentation. We report a case of a 23 year old man, who presented within 24 hours of consumption of 3% YP with the intent of deliberate self harm. He had a fatal course complicated by refractory cardiogenic shock and multi - organ dysfunction syndrome. Prevention strategies including public awareness of toxicity and restriction of sales of this compound are required on an emergent basis.


Yellow Phosphorus, Cardiogenic Shock, Fatal.

Subject Discipline

Pharmacy and Pharmacology

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