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Ciguatera fish poisoning in Korea: a case report
Jeong Ho Kang, Sung Kgun Lee
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2021;19(1):55-58
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22537/jksct.2021.19.1.55
Published online: June 30, 2021
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine

Ciguatera is the commonest syndrome of marine poisoning that is caused by the ingestion of ciguatoxins that accumulate in certain tropical and subtropical finfish. It is endemic throughout the subtropical and tropical regions of the Indo-Pacific and Caribbean and has been rarely reported in Korea. With the expansion of travel, tourism, and the import of fish from the tropics, ciguatera poisoning now affects a diverse population. We report a case of ciguatera in a 70-year-old woman, presenting with general paralysis and coma, which developed after consuming codfish and mackerel in Korea.

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