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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 25(6); 2014 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2014;25(6): 775-779.
A Case of Cardiac Arrest with Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia Induced by Carthamus tinctorius L. (safflower) Seed Intoxication
Dong Wook Lee, Jung Won Lee, Hyung Jun Moon, Byeong Dai Yoo, Duck Ho Jun
1Department of Emergency Medicine, Soon Chun Hyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea. mdgarden@gmail.com
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Soon Chun Hyang University College of Medicine, Gumi, Korea.
Carthamus tinctorius L. is commonly known as safflower. This plant is cultivated mainly for its seed, which is used as essential oil and hot water extract. C. tinctorius has recently been shown to have antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory activities. C. tinctorius seed is known as a relatively nontoxic material that is not associated with fatal adverse effects. We experienced a successful outcome in a 62-year-old male patient who was a victim of poisoning due to ingestion of C. tinctorius seed and undergone fatal adverse effects. He ate C. tinctorius seed mixed with alcohol and became lethargic state. In the emergency department, cardiac arrest with pulseless ventricular tachycardia occurred. He was treated by cardiopulmonary resuscitation with cardiac defibrillation. After return of spontaneous circulation, he was managed conservatively and was discharged without deficits approximately ten days after onset.
Key words: Carthamus tinctorius, Heart arrest, Ventricular tachycardia
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