Pediatric facets of poisonous plants

N. P. Fawcett

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Abstract

The exact incidence of plant poisoning in Florida is unknown and toxic plants vary from one environment to the next. The problem of inadequate history and potential toxicity is never clear when treating the young child who is most at risk for accidental plant poisoning. A survey at a large pediatric service indicated 9.1% of total phone inquiries was about plants; the most frequent calls were related to brazilian pepper, dieffenbachia and rosary pea. Three percent of children treated in the emergency room for poisoning had suspected plant exposure. Four percent (9 of 204 cases) of children admitted at the hospital for poisoning had plant ingestion. The rosary pea was suspected in 55% (5 of 9 cases) admitted for plant poisoning. All eight symptomatic cases admitted had vomiting as the predominate symptom. Only two cases of 69 deaths due to poisoning in children died of known plant poisoning over the last 20 years in Dade County. Both children died before the diagnosis of rosary pea poisoning was made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-204
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Florida Medical Association
Volume65
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

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