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pufferfish

(pŭf′ər-fĭsh′)
n. pl. pufferfish or puffer·fishes
Any of various prickly, often poisonous, chiefly marine fishes of the family Tetraodontidae that have a beaklike mouth and puff themselves up when threatened, by swallowing water or air. Also called blowfish, puffer.

pufferfish

A fish that inflates itself into a balloon-like shape as a defence mechanism. Raw pufferfish is a delicacy in Japan, where an estimated 10,000 tons are consumed/year. Some fugu parts—intestine, liver, ovaries, skin—have a high concentration of tetrodotoxin, a selective sodium channel blocker that blocks the neuromuscular junction, causing numbness, motor weakness, ataxia, respiratory paralysis, coma and death.

pufferfish

Fugu rubripes, fugu Toxicology A raw fish delicacy; some tissues–intestine, liver, ovaries, skin, have a high concentration of tetrodotoxin, a sodium channel blocker and very potent toxin; it blocks the neuromuscular junction, causing numbness, motor weakness, ataxia, respiratory paralysis. See Tetrodotoxin.

Patient discussion about pufferfish

Q. What happens if you use a puffer and you don’t even have asthma? Okay, when i was younger, around 7 or 8 years old, i couldn’t breathe for a while and my doctor told me to get a puffer. When I got my puffer, it didn’t help with the breathing. So now that I’m older I was wondering what happens if you use a puffer and you don’t even have asthma? Does it affect your lungs or anything??

A. There are side effects to any medication. So why using any unnecessary medication? The inhaler could have salbutamol which will cause tachycardia (heart racing) for nothing. That’s not really a good thing for long term use. Or it can have steroids, that is REALLY not good for you … so just refrain.

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