Poisoning in Pregnancy

  • Pushpa Junghare
  • Sayali Jahagirdar


Poisoning is a rare but a challenging situation that one may encounter in a pregnant woman. Physiologic changes of pregnancy may influence the absorption, distribution, and metabolism of various toxic agents. Moreover certain clinical features of different types of poisoning may resemble pregnancy-related complications. Poisoning in pregnancy can be accidental but can be intentional. The effects of poison may be minimal with no consequences or at the other extreme, severe and life-threatening. The patient may or may not be in a condition to give proper history.

A high index of suspicion while obtaining history and carrying out examination helps in the diagnosis and identifying poisoning. General principles should be followed while treating the patient which includes the evaluation of cardiorespiratory system; support airway, breathing, and circulation; elimination of the poison, supportive treatment, and administration of antidotes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OBGYDr. P. D. M. Medical CollegeAmravatiIndia

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