Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Insecticide Poisoning Evaluation

The evaluation of insecticide inhalation begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a severe insecticide inhalation include:

  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Cyanosis
  • Fever
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Abnormal lung sounds:
    • During examination with a stethoscope
  • Redness in the nose, mouth or throat
  • Wheezing
  • Signs of severe difficulty breathing:
    • Rib retractions: ribs are visible during each breath
    • Nasal flaring: nostrils open wide during each breath
    • Use of accessory muscles: neck muscles are prominent during each breath

Tests that may be used to evaluate an insecticide inhalation include:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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