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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 104-106

Analytical study of organophosphorus poisoning

1 Professor and HOD, Department of Forensic Medicine, Vice Principal, Malla Reddy Medical College for Women, Hyderabad, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Osmania medical College, Hyderabad, India

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S Shavukath Ali
Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Osmania medical College, Hyderabad
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2321-7006.303081

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Background: Organophosphorus (OP) compounds constitute a heterogeneous category of chemicals specially designed for the control of Pests, weeds or plant diseases. The importance of pesticides in India can be understood from the fact that agriculture is a major component of the Indian economy. It contributes 22% of the nation’s GDP and is the livelihood of nearly 70% the country’s workforce. Objective: To carry out the analytical study on organophosphorous compound poisoning Methods: This is an analytical study of suicidal deaths due to Organophosphorus poisoning in relation to age, sex and marital status. In these cases, the post-mortem examinations were conducted in the mortuary complex of the Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad. Only the cases, where the Organophosphorus Compounds were detected by Chemical analysis of the visceral organs, by the Andhra Pradesh State Forensic Science Laboratories, Hyderabad were taken for analytical study. Results: The maximum incidence of deaths from Organophosphorus poisoning was seen in the 3rd decade of life, followed by 4th and 5th decades. Both the sexes follow the common trend in age related suicidal deaths. Preponderance of male sex over female sex was observed. In both the sexes, the deaths due to Organophosphorus poisoning are three times more common in married group when compared to unmarried group. Conclusion: The analysis shows that the common motives for suicide by OP poisoning are the health and the financial problems in both the sexes, compared to other problem.

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