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The Toxic Laundry Detergent Powder ‘Prinso’ Is Gaining Notoriety Amongst Villagers For Deliberate Self- Poisoning In And Around The Matara District

Authors:

M.A.A.K. Munasinghe,

General Hospital, Matara, LK
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W.K.B.K.M. Fernando

Abstract

Introduction:  The washing powder ‘Prinso' consists of 2 sachets, one containing pink crystals and the other white granules which has become a popular agent amongst the youth for self poisoning.

Objectives: To document clinical and biochemical features of ‘prinso' poisoning.

 To analyze the chemical constituents of prinso. 

Patients and methods: We present a series of 7 patients who were admitted to General hospital Matara following ‘Prinso' poisoning, from 01.06 2006 to 01.10.2007. We chemically analyzed the two sachets in faculty of science university of Ruhuna.

Results: The male: female ratio was 3:4.Out of the 7 patients, 1 patient developed acute renal failure.

Conclusion: The readily available household product ‘Prinso' has come to recognition in the array of poisons responsible for deliberate self poisoning among young with a preponderance among females ingesting it in the southern province of Sri Lanka.

Keywords: poisoning; detergent

Citation: Munasinghe MAAK, Fernando WKBKM. The Toxic Laundry Detergent Powder ‘Prinso’ Is Gaining Notoriety Amongst Villagers For Deliberate Self- Poisoning In And Around The Matara District. Sri Lanka Journal of Critical Care 2009;1:29-32

DOI: 10.4038/sljcc.v1i1.940

Keywords: poisoning detergent 
How to Cite: Munasinghe, M.A.A.K. & Fernando, W.K.B.K.M., (2009). The Toxic Laundry Detergent Powder ‘Prinso’ Is Gaining Notoriety Amongst Villagers For Deliberate Self- Poisoning In And Around The Matara District. Sri Lanka Journal of Critical Care. 1(1), pp.29–31. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljcc.v1i1.940
Published on 11 Aug 2009.
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