The pattern of self‐poisoning among Lebanese children and adolescents in two tertiary care centres in Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Sinno, Durriyah
dc.contributor.author Majdalani, Marianne
dc.contributor.author Chatila, Rajaa
dc.contributor.author Musharrafieh, Umayya
dc.contributor.author Al-Tannir, Mohamad
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-30T09:25:11Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-30T09:25:11Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-05-30
dc.identifier.issn 1651-2227 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/10706
dc.description.abstract Aim: Self‐poisoning in childhood and adolescence is a major problem for health authorities all over the world. The objective of this study was to determine the pattern of self‐poisoning in Lebanese children and adolescents. Materials and methods: This prospective study included all cases of poisoning in individuals aged 0–18 years who presented to the emergency department of two major hospitals in Beirut, Lebanon over a period of 1 year. Participants were divided into two age groups (0–12 years and 12–18 years). These cases were followed to record the applied treatment and whether the patient was admitted or discharged. Results: There were 110 self‐poisoning incidents, of which 74 (67%) were in female patients. The predominant type of poisoning was with pharmaceutical products (68.2%). Accidental self‐poisoning was significantly more common in the younger age group among both genders compared with the older age group (p < 0.0001). There were significantly more poisoned male children (72%) than male adolescents (28%) (p = 0.003); whereas among females, poisoned adolescents were significantly more common (64%) than poisoned children (36%) (p = 0.009). Moreover, poisoning with pharmaceuticals was significantly higher in the young male group compared to the older age group and older female group compared to the younger age group (p = 0.0007 and p = 0.01, respectively). In total, 78% of patients were discharged home following basic observation, charcoal or gastric lavage. Conclusion: Female adolescents are more at risk of deliberate self‐intoxication after the age of 12 years compared to males, whereas males younger than 12 years are more likely to suffer from accidental poisoning. Preventative strategies include screening adolescents at high risk of self‐harm in order to offer adequate counselling, while providing anticipatory guidance for parents of children in the younger age group. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title The pattern of self‐poisoning among Lebanese children and adolescents in two tertiary care centres in Lebanon en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOM en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200902750 en_US
dc.author.department N/A en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Acta Paediatrica en_US
dc.journal.volume 98 en_US
dc.journal.issue 6 en_US
dc.article.pages 1044-1048 en_US
dc.keywords Accidental en_US
dc.keywords Charcoal en_US
dc.keywords Gastric lavage en_US
dc.keywords Intentional en_US
dc.keywords Toxicity en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1651-2227.2009.01251.x en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Sinno, D., Majdalani, M., Chatila, R., Musharrafieh, U., & Al‐Tannir, M. (2009). The pattern of self‐poisoning among Lebanese children and adolescents in two tertiary care centres in Lebanon. Acta paediatrica, 98(6), 1044-1048. en_US
dc.author.email rajaa.chatila@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1651-2227.2009.01251.x en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0120-2275 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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