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Kerosene poisoning in children in Iraq.
  1. N. A. Nagi,
  2. Z. A. Abdulallah
  1. Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Mosul, Iraq.


    One hundred and three children with kerosene poisoning were studied. The majority of the patients were under five years of age and included a newborn baby. More patients were seen in spring and fewer in winter months. Most of the patients were children of poor families living in overcrowded conditions. Negligence and ignorance were the main causes of poisoning. Respiratory and central nervous systems were mainly involved. Chest X-ray abnormalities were frequently seen. The patients were treated symptomatically. Only one patient died, he had been in a coma on admission to the hospital. All other patients had rapid and complete recoveries.

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