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Survival after an Intentional Ingestion of Crushed Abrus Seeds

By Lisa Reedman, Richard D. Shih and Oliver Hung


Abrus precatorius seeds contain one of the most potent toxins known to man. However, because of the seed’s outer hard coat the vast majority of ingestions cause only mild symptoms and typically results in complete recovery. If the seeds are crushed and then ingested, more serious toxicity, including death, can occur

Topics: Toxicology
Publisher: Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
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