Journal of Clinical Toxicology

Journal of Clinical Toxicology
Open Access

ISSN: 2161-0495

+44 1478 350008

RS Tonk

Department of General Medicine, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India

  • Case Report   
    The Dose Makes the Poison: A Case Report on Strychnine Toxicity
    Author(s): Indu M Bindu* and RS Tonk

    Background: Strychnos nux vomica is a member of Loganiaceae family. It has highly poisonous alkaloids strychnine and brucine, mostly in seeds. It has been used as rodenticides and to kill stray dogs. Homicidal and suicidal cases have also been reported. The use of strychnine is regulated in many countries. However, it is used in indigenous system as treatment for many conditions. But, these have no medical evidence. Case report: We report the case of a 66 years old lady who presented with episodic spasms after consumption of water in which, this plant stem was soaked overnight. She had tautness of her muscles, multiple episodes each lasting for about 5 to 10 seconds. In between spasms, clinical examination findings were normal. All her blood investigations were normal except for slightly elevated muscle enzymes. .. View More»

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