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Two Cases of Phytolacca Americana Intoxication with Confusion and Abdominal Cramping
Yang-Weon Kim, Yoo-Sang Yoon, Mi-Ran Kim, Sang-Hoon Park, Jun-Cheol Choi
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2008;6(2):146-148
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: December 31, 2008
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Inje University
2Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Inje University
3Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Inje University
4Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Inje University
5Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Inje University

Phytolacca americana poisoning is a benign plant intoxication that causes gastrointestinal symptoms, including abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Other signs and symptoms include diaphoresis, salivation, visual disturbance, and seizures or mental changes. We report two cases of patients who experienced confusion and abdominal pain, vomiting, and hematemesis after oral ingestion of pokeweed. A 60-year-old female with confusion and a 67-year-old female with abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea were admitted to the emergency department after pokeweed poisoning. After supportive treatment of hydration and gastrointestinal medication, the two patients showed full recovery within 24 h and were discharged from the hospital.

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