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Doctor insights on: Organophosphate Poisoning In Children

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How can organophosphate poisoning be treated?

How can organophosphate poisoning be treated?

Decontaminate: Atropine injection as soon as possible. Followed by supportive care. Person might need ventilator support for breathing until effects of OP provisioning wears off. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze. . . are all ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of organophosphate poisoning?

List of symptoms...: Muscle weakness, fatigue, muscle cramps, muscle twitching, and paralysis can be seen. Higher blood pressure, lower blood sugar, anxiety, headache, convulsions, and slowed breathing can happen. Visual changes, chest tightness, wheezing from bronchoconstriction, more bronchial secretions, increased salivation, lacrimation, sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, and urination can occur. ...Read more

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What happens when you get organophosphate poisoning?

Parasympathetic: Parasympathetic over drive: excess salivation, lung secretions and shortness of breath, incontinence of urine and stool, and coma in severe cases. ...Read more

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What signs would you expect to observe if organophosphate poisoning?

Water everywhere: Ops prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine. Excess of this leads to excess stimulation of the cholinergic nervous system. This is manifest by salivation, lacrimation (tears), sweating, urination, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The most concerning symptoms are the "killer b's" - bronchorrhea (fluid in lungs), bronchospasm (spasm of air passages) and bradycardia (slow heart rate) which can kill. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is organophosphate poisoning?

It can be fatal: Organophosphates are found in insecticides, herbicides, and nerve agents. They block an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine (ACh). As a result, ACh accumulation can cause anxiety, headache, convulsions, respiratory failure, tremor, general weakness, and potentially coma. Patients with symptoms and an exposure history should go to the closest ER. Ref: www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC2493390 ...Read more

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Can you get organophosphate poisoning from morning glory seeds?

Can you get organophosphate poisoning from morning glory seeds?

No: Not unless they were sprayed with an organophosphate, which are mostly in insecticides. The dangerous chemicals in morning glory seeds are atropine-like chemicals (alkaloids) which can cause visual disturbances, tachycardia, panic-like states and sometimes hallucinations and convulsions. In high doses, they can be lethal. ...Read more

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How does organophosphate poisoning cause muscular paralysis?

How does organophosphate poisoning cause muscular paralysis?

Inhibits AChE: Organophosphates inhibit acetocholinesterase, which is responsible for recycling actetocholine. This leads to muscle overstimulation and rigid paralysis (amongst other things). ...Read more

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When administering Succinylcholine for intubation on a semi-conscious trauma pt with organophosphate poisoning, is there a dosage adjustment?

When administering Succinylcholine for intubation on a semi-conscious trauma pt with organophosphate poisoning, is there a dosage adjustment?

Shouldn't have to: The amount of Sch is overwhelming in an intubating dose. Also, Sch is a noncompetitive agonist, so it should work in a different mechanism than non-depolarizers.

"Semi-conscious? " - did you give an anesthetic, or does the patient look sedated b/c of the AchI effects? ...Read more

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How to describe poisoning by organophosphates and pesticides?

How to describe poisoning by organophosphates and pesticides?

Typical scenario: This class of chemicals affects acetylcholine and can result in diffuse weakness, and difficulty breathing if excess exposure does occur, besides additional systemic and GI symptoms. This could well develop rapidly into a medical emergency. ...Read more

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The effect of lead poisoning on the mental ability of children?

The effect of lead poisoning on the mental ability of children?

Lead poisoning: Lead poisoning can get deposited in the brain of a growing child. It can lead to adhd, limited mental retardation, and developmental delay. It may cause learning disabilities. ...Read more

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What is lead poisoning in children link to soil?

Flaking lead paint: Soil around old houses contains flakes of house paints that used to contain lead. Children get lead poisoning by eating dirt/soil contaminated with lead. ...Read more

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Are children more susceptible to lead poisoning?

Are children more susceptible to lead poisoning?

Yes: Sure. They are the ones picking stuff up off the floor and putting it in their mouths. Adults can also get lead poisoning if they work with lead products, it's fairly prevalent in gunsmiths who pack their own ammo. ...Read more

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Why does lead poisoning be a problem for childrent?

Children more vulner: Children are more vulnerable to lead poisoning but anyone can be affected by lead toxicity. Since infants & toddlers often mouth objects & may eat strange material, they can acquire lead from painted surfaces. Once in the system, the lead can travel to blood, producing an anemia &settle in the developing brain. The build up within the brain can have profound effects., . ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of lead poisoning seen in children?

Constitutional: Because children have smaller bodies, lower amounts of lead may have a greater concentration in the blood. Symptoms include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, constipation, anemia, kidney failure, irritability, lethargy, learning disabilities (slow to talk), and behavioral problems. Ultimately, mental retardation can be seen. ...Read more

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Are parents having their children tested for lead poisoning anymore?

Are parents having their children tested for lead poisoning anymore?

Yes: Lead testing is a routine part of well child follow ups by pediatricians and family practioners. ...Read more

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Do you know are parents having their children tested for lead poisoning?

Do you know are parents having their children tested for lead poisoning?

Confusing question: Screening tests that indirectly assess lead exposure are part of routine health care for infants. Direct testing for lead is required by medicaid in infants and toddlers. When or if parents are actually taking their kids in for these visits varies within various cultural or family situations. Low level exposure seldom produces clinical symptoms, high level exposure will produce symptoms. ...Read more

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Does lead paint poisioning cause children to do bad in school? And if so why?

Does lead paint poisioning cause children to do bad in school? And if so why?

It can: Lead intoxication can cause damage to parts of the brain that are resposible for cognitive functions. These are the areas that control learning skills. ...Read more