Suicide Attempt by Injection of Zinc Phosphide: A Rare Plan for Suicide


Abstract

Introduction: Zinc phosphide is a rodenticide compound which converts to phosphide gas and leads to impairment of mitochondrial respiration. Previously, several cases of suicide attempt by ingestion of metal phosphide including aluminum and zinc phosphide have been reported. However, suicide attempt by injection of zinc phosphide has not been reported in the literature.
Case Presentation: In this paper, we report a suicide attempt by subcutaneous selfinjection of zinc phosphide in forearm in a18-year- old female. Allergic reactions, hives, angioedema and suffocation were present in our patient at the time of admission. Vital signs and laboratory tests all were in normal ranges. Supportive therapy was performed for the patient. The patient underwent supervision of a psychiatrist. Citalopram 20 mg and Valproate sodium 200 mg were prescribed for the patient.
Conclusions: Since, zinc phosphide poisoning has a high mortality rate, prompt resuscitation effort is crucial to improve survival. Supportive therapy is all we can do for patients. It seems that injection of zinc phosphide under the skin is not life-threatening.

Keywords

Suicide; Rodenticides; Injections; Psychiatry

Suicide Attempt by Injection of Zinc Phosphide: A Rare Plan for Suicide


Authors

Reza Bidaki

E-mail: Reza_ [email protected]
Affiliation: Research Center of Addiction and Behavioral Sciences, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, and Diabetes Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

Behzad Vakili Zarch

Affiliation: School of Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

Ehsan Zarepur

Affiliation: Student of Medicine, Student Research Committee, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

Sogol Ale Saeidi

Affiliation: Student of Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, International Campus, Yazd, Iran

Suicide Attempt by Injection of Zinc Phosphide: A Rare Plan for Suicide


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Suicide Attempt by Injection of Zinc Phosphide: A Rare Plan for Suicide


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Bidaki R, Vakili Zarch B, Zarepur E, Ale Saeidi S. Suicide Attempt by Injection of Zinc Phosphide: A Rare Plan for Suicide. Focus on Sciences. 2106; 4(1):1-2


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Bidaki, R., Vakili Zarch, B., Zarepur, E., & Ale Saeidi, S. (2106). Suicide Attempt by Injection of Zinc Phosphide: A Rare Plan for Suicide. Focus on Sciences, 4(1), 1-2.


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Reza Bidaki, Behzad Vakili Zarch, Ehsan Zarepur, and Sogol Ale Saeidi "Suicide Attempt by Injection of Zinc Phosphide: A Rare Plan for Suicide". Focus on Sciences 4, no. 1 (2106).

Suicide Attempt by Injection of Zinc Phosphide: A Rare Plan for Suicide


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