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Article: Generalised involuntary limb twitching after ingestion of Mesobuthus martensii Karsch (Quanxie) powder

TitleGeneralised involuntary limb twitching after ingestion of Mesobuthus martensii Karsch (Quanxie) powder
Authors
Issue Date2014
Citation
Hong Kong Medical Journal, 2014, v. 20, n. 6, p. 552-555 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2014, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. All rights reserved. Mesobuthus martensii Karsch, commonly known as the Chinese scorpion or Manchurian scorpion, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as Quanxie to treat chronic pain, tetanus, tremors, convulsion, and paralysis for more than a thousand years. We report a case of poisoning after ingestion of a teaspoon of Quanxie powder. The patient presented with chest pain, dizziness, diaphoresis, generalised involuntary limb twitching, and hypertonia around 15 minutes post-ingestion. The patient recovered uneventfully after supportive management. Intravenous diazepam appeared to be effective in alleviating limb twitching. Failure to accurately measure the dose and to boil before consumption may have contributed to his clinical toxicities.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/209049
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dc.contributor.authorLam, Pui Kin-
dc.contributor.authorWong, Taiwai-
dc.contributor.authorChan, Yiucheung-
dc.contributor.authorMak, Tony W L-
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-23T02:31:18Z-
dc.date.available2015-03-23T02:31:18Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Medical Journal, 2014, v. 20, n. 6, p. 552-555-
dc.identifier.issn1024-2708-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/209049-
dc.description.abstract© 2014, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. All rights reserved. Mesobuthus martensii Karsch, commonly known as the Chinese scorpion or Manchurian scorpion, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as Quanxie to treat chronic pain, tetanus, tremors, convulsion, and paralysis for more than a thousand years. We report a case of poisoning after ingestion of a teaspoon of Quanxie powder. The patient presented with chest pain, dizziness, diaphoresis, generalised involuntary limb twitching, and hypertonia around 15 minutes post-ingestion. The patient recovered uneventfully after supportive management. Intravenous diazepam appeared to be effective in alleviating limb twitching. Failure to accurately measure the dose and to boil before consumption may have contributed to his clinical toxicities.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Medical Journal-
dc.titleGeneralised involuntary limb twitching after ingestion of Mesobuthus martensii Karsch (Quanxie) powder-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.12809/hkmj134091-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84924804750-
dc.identifier.volume20-
dc.identifier.issue6-
dc.identifier.spage552-
dc.identifier.epage555-

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