hemlock poisoning


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hemlock poisoning

Poisoning caused by ingesting hemlock Conium maculatum, which causes weakness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, difficult breathing, paralysis, and death.

Treatment

Oral activated charcoal may be given to decrease the absorption of the toxin from the gastrointestinal tract. Respiratory failure should be treated with intubation and mechanical ventilation. The local Poison Control Center should be contacted for additional instructions.

See also: poisoning
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107) Less than an hour after Gow ate the plants the first symptoms of hemlock poisoning were evident, although they went unrecognised.
He does not record whether Seneca felt the first symptoms of hemlock poisoning, symptoms which then wore off in the manner described by Harley because he had not ingested a lethal amount of the toxins.