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1: Croat Med J. 2001 Dec;42(6):673-5. Related Articles, Links

Accidental plant poisoning with Colchicum autumnale: report of two cases.

Brncic N, Viskovic I, Peric R, Dirlic A, Vitezic D, Cuculic D.

Department of Infectious Diseases, Rijeka University Hospital, Croatia.

Colchicine poisoning is a rare but serious and potentially fatal event, which results from food poisoning or overdose with drugs containing colchicine, with no currently available antidote. We report two cases of plant poisoning with Colchicum autumnale, in which the patients had identical initial symptoms but developed extremely different clinical courses. One patient recovered after only moderate gastroenteritis and liver injury, whereas the other died of rapid progressive multiple organ failure 52 h after the plant ingestion. We recommend that all patients suspected of colchicine intoxication due to its unpredictable outcome should be managed according to the principles of intensive care, irrespective of the actual degree of poisoning.

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PMID: 11740853 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]