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Most venomous snakes in the United States are of the Crotalidae family. Another family of snakes, the Elapidae, are not so common, but their bites may be a threat to zoo keepers and persons who have exotic snakes as pets. Because Elapidae envenomation is not common, signs and symptoms of such...
American mistletoe is generally considered to be extremely toxic. Although there are no data to support this contention, both the lay public and medical professionals often respond very aggressively after ingestion of any portion of this plant. To determine if American mistletoe is deserving of...
Thoracic aortic dissection is a rare but recognized complication of crack cocaine inhalation. It is thought to be triggered in some cases by transient severe elevations in blood pressure, causing a shear effect on the thoracic aorta. Unrecognized, it can result in high morbidity and mortality. A...
Ingestion of balloons containing illicit substances along with the potential toxic sequelae associated with these ingestions have been described in the literature. This report describes the successful bronchoscopic retrieval of a cocaine balloon after aspiration. A 39-year-old man was witnessed...
Dystonic reactions are extrapyramidal motor dysfunctions that result from an insufficient activity of nigrostriatal dopamine and present clinically as spasms of the various muscle groups. Neuroleptic drugs are a known cause of dystonia and are the most frequently encountered trigger. Cocaine use...
Valproic acid is an effective antiseizure medication that is also used for other indications such as migraine prophylaxis. It is known to sometimes cause hepatic injury, both a mild dose-related form and an idiosyncratic, fulminant, usually fatal type. A case is reported of multiorgan failure...
A 22-year-old woman was found in bed unresponsive and hypotensive after an apparent overdose. Subsequent workup in the emergency department identified a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and extensive hemoperitoneum. A significant delay occurred when emergency physicians excluded the possibility of...
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