Journal of Forensic Toxicology & PharmacologyISSN: 2325-9841

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Case Report, J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol Vol: 3 Issue: 2

Abrus precatorius poisoning leading to hemorrhagic gastroduodenitis� a rare experience

Dibbendhu Khanra1*, Arunansu Talukdar1, Kaushik Basu2 and Suman Mitra1
1Department of General Medicine, Medical College and hospital, Kolkata, India
2Department of Endocrinology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, India
Corresponding author : Dr. Dibbendhu Khanra
Resident, Department of General Medicine, Medical College and hospital, Kolkata, India
Received: January 08, 2014 Accepted: March 29, 2014 Published: April 06, 2014
Citation: Khanra D , Talukdar A, Basu K , Mitra S (2014) Abrus precatorius Poisoning Leading to Hemorrhagic Gastroduodenitis– A Rare Experience. J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol 3:1. doi:10.4172/2325-9841.1000121


Abrus precatorius poisoning leading to hemorrhagic gastroduodenitis– a rare experience

Abrus precatorius, popularly known as ‘kuch’ or ‘rati’, is used in weighing gold, making jewelry and children’s play. One to two crushed seeds can be fatal and very often used as cattle poison which mimics viper bite. Human poisoning with ‘kuch’ seeds is rarely reported in literature and almost always lifethreatening without prompt identification and aggressive supportive therapy. The authors here present a case of acute hemorrhagic gastroduodenitis following accidental ingestion of some beans with bright red and black color which was found to be Abrus precatorius. Patient himself identified those seeds as well as corroborated by forensic medicine and toxicology department. Moreover with vigilant monitoring the patient survived without any residual illness.

Keywords: Abrus precatorius; kuch; Hemorrhagic gastroduodenitis; Supportive therapy

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