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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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LYNCH MEJIA, María Fernanda. Poisoning with long-lasting anticoagulant rodenticides. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2019, vol.36, n.2, pp.76-81. ISSN 2215-5287.

Rodenticides are agriculturally and domestically used substances used for the control of rats and other rodents, easily available on the market. Anticoagulant rodenticides have a similar mechanism of action than that of warfarin, but their potency is bigger. The spectrum of clinical manifestations of rodenticide intoxications is broad; and it varies from asymptomatic cases to hemorrhages that compromise the patient’s life. Treatment is based on active bleeding control and reposition of its logical antidote Vitamin K in order to restore hemostasis.

Keywords : Rodenticide; anticoagulation; intoxication.

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