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Anticholinergic syndrome due to 'Devil's herb': when risks come from the ancient time.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16620365     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We describe a case of Mandragora autumnalis poisoning which occurred in a 72-year-old female patient who had eaten the venenous M. Autumnalis, picked near her home, mistaking it for the edible Borago Officinalis. M. Autumnalis is a solanaceous plant, common in the Sicilian countryside, which contains a variable concentration of solanum alkaloids, causing gastrointestinal irritation, and tropane alkaloids, with anticholinergic properties. Unluckily, M. Autumnalis is often mistaken for the edible B. Officinalis, likewise widespread in Sicilian countryside. The diagnosis of Mandragora poisoning was made on the basis of clinical symptoms and signs of anticholinergic syndrome associated with a history of vegetable meal of uncontrolled origin, moreover analysing the vegetable obtained from gastric lavage. Decontamination and symptomatic treatment were useful in our patient to control acute poisoning.
G A Piccillo; L Miele; E Mondati; P A Moro; A Musco; A Forgione; G Gasbarrini; A Grieco
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of clinical practice     Volume:  60     ISSN:  1368-5031     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Clin. Pract.     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-19     Completed Date:  2006-12-04     Revised Date:  2007-02-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712381     Medline TA:  Int J Clin Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  492-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Emergency Medicine,Cannizzaro Hospital, Catania, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Cholinergic Antagonists / poisoning*
Mandragora / poisoning*
Middle Aged
Plant Poisoning / etiology*
Plant Preparations / poisoning*
Risk Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cholinergic Antagonists; 0/Plant Preparations
Comment In:
Int J Clin Pract. 2006 Apr;60(4):380   [PMID:  16620347 ]

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