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A Fatal Case of Colchicine Poisoning
Seung Hyun Ko, Gun Woo Lee
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2017;15(1):51-55
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22537/jksct.2017.15.1.51
Published online: June 30, 2017
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine

Colchicine is a drug that has long been used to treat a variety of illnesses; however, it reportedly has adverse effects at apparent toxic doses as well as at lower and therapeutically recommended doses. The typical therapeutic dose of colchicine is up to 2.4 mg daily, although it is sometimes as high as 8-10 mg daily. Here, we describe a case in which the patient showed sudden deterioration and died because of unintentional colchicine poisoning with a relatively small dose. When a colchicine poisoned patient visits the hospital, the physician should identify the patient's colchicine poisoning dose and concomitant drugs. Moreover, the patients should be monitored intensively for 24 to 72 hours and managed with various supportive treatment methods early and actively.


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