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A Patient Presenting with Abnormal Behavior after Wild Plant Ingestion
Taek-Geun Ohk, Yoon-Seong Kim, Chan-Woo Park, Joong-Bum Moon, Ki-Hoon Choi, Jeong-Yeul Seo, Hee-Cheol Ahn, Moo-Wob Ahn, Jun-Hwi Cho
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2006;4(1):48-51
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: June 30, 2006
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon Natioinal University
2Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon Natioinal University
3Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon Natioinal University
4Clinical Research Institute of Kangwon National University Hospital
5Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
6Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
7Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
8Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
9Clinical Research Institute of Kangwon National University Hospital

With well-being boom recently, the common people, but not experts, are increasingly taking in them directly by picking wild herbs. However, only experts can distinguish between edible vegetables and poisonous herbs from the wild herbs. Especially, it is not even easy for experts to distinguish them only by looking into buds in spring without flowers or fruit. So, sometimes many patients are being carried into the emergency room by the toxic symptom after taking by misunderstanding the poisonous herbs as edible vegetables. For herb intoxication as well as drug intoxication, what kinds of vegetables patients took in, and when and how much they took in them are important information for curing. Of course, in the case of intoxicating in the wild herbs, the patients can have a lot of symptoms and sings-hemodynamic alteration and abnormal neurologic sign as well as gastrointestinal symptoms-according to the kinds of herbs which they took in. Therefore, it is difficult to find the kinds of herbs which they took in through the specific symptoms. Recently we experienced a case with showing typical anticholinergic symptoms after ingestion of Scopolia japonica. As a result, the publicity activities about the wild plants needs because if the person without their previous knowledge take in the poisonous herbs, serious side effects can be produced..

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