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Two Cases of Rhododendron Brachycarpum Intoxication
Taek-Geun Ohk, Yoon-Seong Kim, Chan-Woo Park, Joong-Bum Moon, Bong-Ki Lee, Byung-Yeul Cho, Yong-Hoon Kim, Seong-Eun Kim, 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(2):143-146
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: December 31, 2006
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
10Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
11Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
12Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
13Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
2Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
3Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
4Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
5Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
6Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
7Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University
8Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University
9Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University

Historically, the common folk have made use of various wild herbs for both food and medicinal purposes. However, the misuse of these wild herbs can lead to adverse consequences, including severe poisoning in some cases. In cases of poisoning from wild herbs, patients can exhibit a variety of symptoms depending on the herbs involved, which in addition to gastrointestinal symptoms may include hemodynamic alteration and abnormal neurologic signs. In the present case, two patients were admitted to the emergency room with symptoms of toxicity after consuming Rhododendron brachycarpum liquor. Rhododendron brachycarpum and other wild herbs contain the toxic material grayanotoxin. Because of its serious toxic symptoms, great caution must be exercised in using rhododendrons for food and medicinal purposes.

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