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Cardiotoxic effects of raw opium

Manoj Agarwal, Piyush Garg, Asif Hitawala

Keywords : Left ventricular dysfunction, myocardial suppression, raw opium

Citation Information : Agarwal M, Garg P, Hitawala A. Cardiotoxic effects of raw opium. Indian J Crit Care Med 2018; 22 (1):46-48.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_427_17

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


While opioid drug toxicity and side effects of long-term opioid use during medical care are well studied, there is little information regarding effects of ingestion of raw opium. Characterization of the effects to a particular alkaloid is difficult since raw opium contains a number of alkaloids. Here, we present a case of poisoning due to ingestion of raw opium leading to severe myocardial suppression.

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