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Ingestion of castor oil plant seeds.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9315014     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ingestion of seeds of the castor oil plant is rare, and may cause toxicity but rarely death. The presumed toxic component is ricin, a highly potent cellular poison. We report the case of a young adult who ingested a large number of the seeds, causing initial toxicity, but with subsequent full recovery. The management of such ingestions and the apparent discrepancy between the extreme toxicity of ricin and the generally milder toxicity of ingested seeds are discussed.
P J Aplin; T Eliseo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  167     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  1997 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-31     Completed Date:  1997-10-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  260-1     Citation Subset:  IM    
Emergency Department, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, SA.
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MeSH Terms
Castor Bean / poisoning*
Plant Lectins
Plant Poisoning / therapy
Plants, Toxic*
Ricin / poisoning*
Seeds / poisoning*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plant Lectins; 9009-86-3/Ricin
Comment In:
Med J Aust. 1998 Apr 20;168(8):423-4   [PMID:  9594965 ]

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