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Article: Gelsemium poisoning in a family after consumption of Cassytha filiformis Linn. collected in the countryside

TitleGelsemium poisoning in a family after consumption of Cassytha filiformis Linn. collected in the countryside
Authors
KeywordsMedicinal plants
Human
Alkaloid toxicity
Toxicology
Toxic plants
Issue Date2015
Citation
Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2015, v. 22, n. 1, p. 60-63 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2015, Medcom Limited. All rights reserved. Acute poisoning through consumption of plants picked from the wild is not uncommon in Hong Kong. Gelsemium elegans Benth. is one of the most poisonous native plants which can cause toxicities ranging from dizziness to respiratory depression and muscle paralysis after ingestion. We report three cases of gelsemium poisoning in a family after consumption of a homemade herbal soup made of a plant believed to be Cassytha filiformis Linn. collected in the countryside. All of them presented with dizziness, nausea and generalised weakness and bilateral ptosis about 1 hour post-ingestion. C. filiformis is generally regarded as non-toxic and it does not contain gelsemium alkaloids. The exact origin of the gelsemium was not known in this case. This case highlighted the potential public health threat posed by the practice of picking and consumption of wild plants. Emergency physicians should also be aware that the plant species reported by the patients may not always be the ones causing clinical toxicities.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/209043
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.153
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.173

 

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dc.contributor.authorLam, Pui Kin-
dc.contributor.authorAu, Thomas Tak Shun-
dc.contributor.authorLeung, Joe Kai Shing-
dc.contributor.authorWong, Taiwai-
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-23T02:31:16Z-
dc.date.available2015-03-23T02:31:16Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2015, v. 22, n. 1, p. 60-63-
dc.identifier.issn1024-9079-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/209043-
dc.description.abstract© 2015, Medcom Limited. All rights reserved. Acute poisoning through consumption of plants picked from the wild is not uncommon in Hong Kong. Gelsemium elegans Benth. is one of the most poisonous native plants which can cause toxicities ranging from dizziness to respiratory depression and muscle paralysis after ingestion. We report three cases of gelsemium poisoning in a family after consumption of a homemade herbal soup made of a plant believed to be Cassytha filiformis Linn. collected in the countryside. All of them presented with dizziness, nausea and generalised weakness and bilateral ptosis about 1 hour post-ingestion. C. filiformis is generally regarded as non-toxic and it does not contain gelsemium alkaloids. The exact origin of the gelsemium was not known in this case. This case highlighted the potential public health threat posed by the practice of picking and consumption of wild plants. Emergency physicians should also be aware that the plant species reported by the patients may not always be the ones causing clinical toxicities.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine-
dc.subjectMedicinal plants-
dc.subjectHuman-
dc.subjectAlkaloid toxicity-
dc.subjectToxicology-
dc.subjectToxic plants-
dc.titleGelsemium poisoning in a family after consumption of Cassytha filiformis Linn. collected in the countryside-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84921809993-
dc.identifier.volume22-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage60-
dc.identifier.epage63-

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