Poisonous Plants

Mark A. Hostetler Sandra M. Schneider

Epidemiology Treatment

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Poisonous and injurious plants number in the hundreds and have a wide variety of toxicities. Rather than attempting a comprehensive listing, this chapter focuses on the most important plant-related encounters clinically relevant to emergency medicine. It includes descriptions of the most prevalent and poisonous plants ( Table

20.1:1 and T§.b.!e.,..2.01-2), those plants most commonly mistaken for being poisonous (T.ab!e..,.2Q.l-3), the most severely poisonous plants, and those most frequently encountered during the holiday season.l2. and 3 Individual plants are discussed in terms of their pathophysiology, clinical features, and treatment.

TABLE 201-1 Most Commonly Encountered Plants (in Descending Order)

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TABLE 201-2 Most Toxic Plants

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