Meral A, Donmez O, Baytan B

Department of Pediatrics, Uludag Univ. Faculty of Medicine,

Gorukle-Bursa, Turkey


Objective: Intoxication in childhood is one of the major issue. Although it is frequently resulted from careless behavior of adults, each center might have different etiologic causes and treatment approaches of which should be discussed.

Methods: In this study, we prospectively evaluated the clinical status of 98 children with intoxication hospitalized in pediatric intensive care unit.

Results: Mean age was 5.4±4.1 year. Of the 98 children, 51 (52%) were female and 47 (48%) patients were male. Mean hospitalization period was 5.1±4.5 days. The major causes of intoxication was drugs (n: 52, 53%) taken accidentally. This was followed by carbonmonoxide (n: 22, 23%). Hemoperfusion and hemodialysis were successfully performed in two children with mushroom and salicylate poisonings, respectively. 

Conclusion: We conclude that the parents should keep drugs away from children in safe places. Since carbonmonoxide is a frequent cause of intoxication in our region, people should be both warned about it and informed how to take preventive measures.