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The examination of mushroom poisonings at Akita University.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12935559     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the past 10 years from 1991 to 2000, the number of consultations to the Japan Poison Information Center were 947 concerning mushroom poisonings. However, those from the hospital cases were not analyzed toxicologically. We examined toxicologically 20 cases (35 patients) of mushroom poisonings from 1993 to 2001. Investigation of amanita toxin poisoning was requested in 19 cases. We could detect the amanita toxin, amanitin, and phalloidin, in two cases, which resulted in concluding the cause of death. A fatal case by the magic mushroom poisoning was analyzed in the blood, urine, and mushroom, and we detected the hallucinogenic substances from the body fluids and ingested mushrooms. We report the results of our examinations, and point out the usefulness of the examination of the mushroom itself and biological samples toxicologically for forensic practice.
Kunio Gonmori; Naofumi Yoshioka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Legal medicine (Tokyo, Japan)     Volume:  5 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1344-6223     ISO Abbreviation:  Leg Med (Tokyo)     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-25     Completed Date:  2003-12-03     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100889186     Medline TA:  Leg Med (Tokyo)     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S83-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Medicine, Akita University School of Medicine, Akita 010-8543, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Amanita / isolation & purification*
Amanitins / analysis*
Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Mushroom Poisoning / pathology*
Phalloidine / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Amanitins; 17466-45-4/Phalloidine

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