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Cardiac emergencies caused by honey ingestion: a single centre experience.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15496712     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An unusual type of food poisoning is commonly seen in the Black Sea coast of Turkey attributable to andromedotoxin containing toxic honey ingestion. This study is a retrospective case series of 19 patients admitted to an emergency department in 2002, poisoned by "mad" honey. All of the patients had the complaints of nausea, vomiting, sweating, dizziness, and weakness, several hours after ingesting "mad" honey. Physical examination showed hypotension in 15 patients, sinus bradycardia in 15, and complete atrioventricular block (AVB) in four patients on admission. Two patients with bradycardia and two with AVB fell and injured their heads. Three of them presented with local haematoma. One patient had a 6 cm cut on his head without any neurological deficit and his cranial computed tomography imaging was normal. Hypotension and conduction disorders resolved with atropine treatment, resulting in complete recovery within 24 hours.
H Ozhan; R Akdemir; M Yazici; H Gündüz; S Duran; C Uyan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine journal : EMJ     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1472-0213     ISO Abbreviation:  Emerg Med J     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-21     Completed Date:  2005-02-28     Revised Date:  2008-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100963089     Medline TA:  Emerg Med J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  742-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Abant zzet Baysal Universitesi Düzce Tip Fakültesi, Kardiyoloji Kliniği Konuralp, Düzce, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / therapeutic use
Atropine / therapeutic use
Bradycardia / drug therapy,  etiology
Honey / adverse effects*
Hypotension / drug therapy,  etiology
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Arrhythmia Agents; 51-55-8/Atropine

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