Background: Accidental ingestion of hydrocarbon continues to remain a common medical emergency among children in developing countries. The importance of this poisoning makes it imperative that parents should be aware about this poisoning.
Objective: The aim of this study is to know the various demographic and radiological manifestations of accidental hydrocarbon ingestion.
Methods: This prospective observational study was carried out in the children admitted in pediatric unit of our hospital with a total of 50 cases who has a history of accidental hydrocarbon ingestion.
Results: This study includes a total of 50 cases out of these 90% (45cases) are between 1-3 years. 60% (30 cases) male and 40% (20 cases) female. 88% (44 cases) ingested hydrocarbon. 56% (28 cases) ingested hydrocarbon from soft drink bottle. 42% (21 cases) consumed hydrocarbon of unknown quantity. 4% (2 cases) undergone native treatment before reaching the hospital. 34% of cases received in hospital within one hour of ingestion. Out of 50cases 48% (24cases) developed chemical pneumonitis.