Fatal poisoning by malathion

Faridah Mohd Nor*, Srijit Das, Siti Zanariah Md Naziri

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Introduction: Malathion, commonly referred to as organophosphorus, is used for control of insects on fruits and vegetables. Organophosphate compounds, which can cause depression of respiratory and cardiovascular centres, are commonly used as a form of suicidal attempt among agricultural workers. Objective: To highlight an interesting case of malathion poisoning and discuss the literature. Method: This case study reported a lady, who had financial problems with her employer, was found dead after consuming some suspicious poisonous liquid. Result: Autopsy showed blood-tinged whitish froth exuding from her mouth and nostrils. Histology of the liver showed sinusoidal dilatation with hepatocyte vacuolations. Sections from the kidney showed glomerular degeneration with vacuoles in renal tubular cells. Gross findings and histological features were further described in the discussion. Conclusion: Numerous findings were reported in animals, but there were paucity descriptions in human study. This study may be used to compare with other studies involving malathion poisoning in human.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-441
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Autopsy
  • Forensic
  • Histology
  • Malathion
  • Poisoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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