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Organophosphate Intoxication as a Consequence of Mouth-to-Mouth Breathing From an Affected Case*

Nurhan Koksal, MD, FCCP; Mehmet Akif Buyukbese, MD; Aytekin Guven, MD; Ali Cetinkaya, MD; Hatice Canan Hasanoglu, MD, FCCP
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*From the Departments of Pulmonary Disease (Dr. Koksal), Internal Medicine (Dr. Buyukbese), Cardiology (Dr. Guven), and Internal Medicine (Dr. Cetinkaya), Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University School of Medicine, Kahramanmaras, Turkey; and Department of Pulmonary Disease (Dr. Hasanoglu), Turgut Ozal Medical Center, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey.

Correspondence to: Nurhan Koksal, MD, FCCP, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University School of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary Disease, Kahramanmaras, Turkey 46050; e-mail: koksalnurhan@hotmail.com



Chest. 2002;122(2):740-741. doi:10.1378/chest.122.2.740
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We report three cases of organophosphate (OP) poisoning. One patient was a 19-year-old woman who drank OP compounds in an attempt at suicide. The other two patients became intoxicated on the way to the hospital during mouth-to-mouth breathing. The first patient died in the emergency department, and the other two were taken to the ICU. There, they were treated with atropine and pralidoxime. Three days later, all symptoms and signs had disappeared, and they were discharged from the hospital satisfactorily.


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