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VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 4 ( October, 2011 ) > List of Articles


Cartap poisoning: A rare case report

T. K. Dutta, A. S. Praveen Kumar, Deepak Amalnath

Keywords : Cartap hydrochloride, N-acetyl cysteine, nereistoxin, pesticide, respiratory failure

Citation Information : Dutta TK, Praveen Kumar AS, Amalnath D. Cartap poisoning: A rare case report. Indian J Crit Care Med 2011; 15 (4):233-235.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.92075

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; The Author(s).


Cartap is a pesticide commonly used to control weevil and caterpillars. It is an analogue of nereistoxin, a neurotoxic substance isolated from the marine annelid Lumbriconereis heteropoda. It causes neuromuscular blockade. Poisoning with cartap is very rare and not yet reported from India. We report a 35-year-old lady with cartap poisoning who presented with nausea, vomiting, and dyspnea. She improved with N-acetyl cysteine and symptomatic management.

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