Social factors behind rising trends of intentional ingestions of caustic agents in adult population of Pakistan. A study from tertiary health care center, Islamabad.


  • Shafat Khatoon PIMS, SZABMU.
  • Aijaz Ahmed Sand FGEI Cant, Garrison C/G Quetta, Pakistan.



Objective To evaluate factors associated with rising trends of intentional ingestion of caustic agents for suicidal attempts in Pakistan. Study Design: Cross Sectional, Observational study. Setting: Tertiary Health Care Center of Islamabad. Period: January 2019 to December 2020. Material & Methods: One hundred subjects with intentional ingestion of caustic ingestion treated in Gastroenterology unit were interviewed on a written questioner after their recovery and informed consent. Non-probability purposive was sampling method used. Results: Out of 100 patients 63% were female, mean age was 28.81 years and 58% had suicidal intension. Disturbed marital/ family life was main factor behind suicidal attempts. (P= 0.025). Conclusion: factors like female gender, younger age, poor socioeconomic status and disturbed marital/ family life in study group had statistically significant association with suicidal intentions.

Author Biographies

Shafat Khatoon, PIMS, SZABMU.

MCPS, FCPS (General Medicine), Associate Professor General Medicine, 

Aijaz Ahmed Sand, FGEI Cant, Garrison C/G Quetta, Pakistan.

MSc (Economics), Statistician,