strychnine poisoning


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strychnine poisoning

Etymology: Gk, strychnos + L, potio, a drink
toxic effects of ingesting strychnine, a central nervous system stimulant. Symptoms include restlessness and hyperacuity of hearing and vision. Minor stimuli may produce convulsions, but there may be complete muscle relaxation between convulsions. One classic sign of strychnine poisoning is an arched back (opisthotonus).

strychnine poisoning

Poisoning caused by ingestion of strychnine.

Patient care

Overdoses should be treated with gastric decontamination, e.g., activated charcoal, and drugs, e.g., diazepam that limit muscular contraction. Supportive care includes intravenous hydration with alkalinization of the urine to prevent or treat the consequences of rhabdomyolysis.

See also: poisoning
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