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Journal:   JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL PLANTS   DECEMBER 2010 , Volume 9 , Number 36; Page(s) 175 To 179.
 
Paper: 

WILD LETTUCE TOXICITY: CASE-SERIES

 
 
Author(s):  JABARI ALI, BESHARAT SIMA*, BESHARAT MAHSA
 
* GOLESTAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, GOLESTAN RESEARCH CENTER OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY, GOLESTAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background and Objective: Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa) is a famous herb in the world but is unknown in Iran. It has many dangers when used randomized or over dosage. Wild lettuce grows in the North of Iran and some natives consume it unaware of its adverse side effects.
Methods: Here, we presented 8 patients with manifestations of wild lettuce toxicity, admitted to a general hospital affiliated to Golestan University of Medical Sciences.
Results: All patients recovered (except for an ICU admission) and no chronic complications were reported. Toxicity happened because wild lettuce was fresh and out of the time of harvest.
Conclusion: Clinical suspicious to toxicity and history taking are the basis of diagnosis. It should be suggested to avoid using any suspicious substance like herbal materials, except when aware of its complications and effects.

 
Keyword(s): WILD LETTUCE, SEDATIVE, GOLESTAN
 
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