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ACMT Toxicology Visual Pearls: Suicide plant


suicide plantThe seeds of the Suicide Plant, when ingested, may result in significant toxicity, including the ECG findings shown. Which kind of toxicity does it cause?

  1. Anticholinergic poisoning
  2. Cardiac glycoside poisoning
  3. Cardiac sodium channel blockade
  4. Cholinergic poisoning
  5. Nicotinic poisoning

ECG Findings


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Louise Kao, MD, FACMT

Louise Kao, MD, FACMT

Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Louise Kao, MD, FACMT

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