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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 20(6); 2009 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2009;20(6): 729-731.
Anticholinergic Toxicity Following Ingestion of Angel's Trumpet: A Case Report
Hoon Kim, Jun sig Kim, Jae min Chung
1Department of Emergency medicine, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University Hospital, Daegu, Korea. megali@hanmail.net
2Department of Emergency medicine, College of Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Inchon, Korea.
3Department of Plant Resources Conservation, Korea National Arboretum, Korea.
Angel's trumpet is a poisonous shrub recently imported to Korea for ornamental PURPOSE. It contains tropane alkaloids and the ingestion of any part of the plant can cause serious anticholinergic toxicity. Not only accidental ingestion, intentional intake as hallucinogen is not uncommon in the United States and Europe. We report a woman who ingested angel's trumpet by mistake and showed anticholinergic syndrome. The potential public medical harm of this widespread plant should be reported in the media, along with the associated dangers from misuse as a hallucinogen.
Key words: Poisoning, Datura, Solanaceous Alkaloids
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