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Aluminium phosphide poisoning
  1. R G Bogle1,
  2. P Theron2,
  3. P Brooks3,
  4. P I Dargan4,
  5. J Redhead3
  1. 1Departments of Cardiology
  2. 2Departments of Intensive Care
  3. 3Departments of Accident & Emergency, Ealing Hospital NHS Trust, Middlesex, UK
  4. 4National Poisons Information Service (London), Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr R Bogle
 Department of Cardiology, Ealing Hospital NHS Trust, Middlesex UB1 3HW, United Kingdom; rgbogle{at}


We describe a lethal poisoning in a healthy woman caused by deliberate ingestion of aluminium phosphide (AlP), a pesticide used to kill rodents and insects. Toxicity of AlP and review of cases reported to the National Poisons Information Service (London) 1997–2003 are discussed.

  • AlP, aluminium phosphide
  • LV, left ventricle
  • Aluminium phosphide
  • phosphine
  • poisoning
  • toxicology

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