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.


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