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Abrus precatorius poisoning: A retrospective study of 112 patients

Aishwarya Karthikeyan, S. Deepak Amalnath

Keywords : Abrus precatorius, case series, India, poisoning

Citation Information : Karthikeyan A, Amalnath SD. Abrus precatorius poisoning: A retrospective study of 112 patients. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (4):224-225.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_320_16

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-04-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Abrus precatorius is a rare but important cause of plant poisoning, especially in tropical countries like India. Most of the published literature on Abrus is limited a few case reports. Hence, we did a retrospective study the clinical features and outcome of Abrus poisoning. Case records of patients admitted to medicine wards during 7 years were included in the study. A total of 112 patients were studied. The majority were females (78%), and most of the patients were between 13 and 30 years (81%). Diarrhea was the most common symptom (66%), and blood in stools was present in (33%). Six patients had died with a mortality rate of (5.35%).


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