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BOCHNER, Rosany. Profile of poisonings among Brazilian adolescents from 1999 to 2001. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.3, pp.587-595. ISSN 1678-4464.

This paper analyzes the profile of poisonings among adolescents as reported by the Brazilian National Poisoning Information System (SINITOX) database. This database covers cases and deaths secondary to human poisoning recorded by Poison Control Centers (1999-2001). With relation to cases, venomous animals (33.7%) and medicines (25.7%) are the main toxic agents in pre-adolescents (10-14 years). For adolescents (15-19 years), medicines ranked first (33.0%), followed by bites/stings from venomous animals (21.4%). There were 35 deaths among pre-adolescents, 54.3% resulting from accidental poisoning, 54.3% in males, and 31.4% caused by venomous animals. Ninety-eight deaths were reported among adolescents, 72.4% of which were suicides, 54.1% in females, and 38.8% resulting from pesticide poisoning.

Keywords : Poisoning; Toxic Substances; Adolescent.

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