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Poison hemlock-induced respiratory failure in a toddler.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19915429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The ingestion of poison hemlock, or Conium maculatum, is described in a 2-year-old boy. He had the onset of abdominal pain and weakness after being fed C. maculatum picked by his sister from the roadside 2 hours earlier. He had a rapidly progressive muscular weakness and was intubated for respiratory failure. His symptoms completely resolved within 24 hours of the ingestion. Conium maculatum is a common weed that causes toxicity by its primary toxin, coniine, which stimulates nicotinic receptors and causes a syndrome of rapidly progressive muscle weakness and paralysis. We describe the course of a benign-appearing plant ingestion resulting in respiratory failure.
Patrick L West; B Zane Horowitz; Marc T Montanaro; James N Lindsay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric emergency care     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1535-1815     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-16     Completed Date:  2010-02-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507560     Medline TA:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  761-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Poison Center, Legacy Emmanuel Hospital, Mail Code CB 550, Portland, OR 97239, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Oral
Antidotes / administration & dosage
Charcoal / administration & dosage
Child, Preschool
Conium / poisoning*
Diagnosis, Differential
Plant Poisoning / complications*,  diagnosis,  drug therapy
Respiration, Artificial / methods
Respiratory Insufficiency / chemically induced*,  diagnosis,  therapy
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antidotes; 16291-96-6/Charcoal

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