Efficacy of activated charcoal in yellow oleander poisoning: Conflicting data perpetuate the debate

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dc.contributor.author Peiris-John, RJ en
dc.contributor.author Wickremasinghe, AR en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-08T04:27:17Z en
dc.date.available 2014-01-08T04:27:17Z en
dc.date.issued 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation Ceylon Medical Journal 53(2):33-35 Jun 2008 en
dc.identifier.issn 0009-0875 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/21366 en
dc.description.abstract Deliberate self-poisoning with yellow oleander (Thevetia peruviana) seeds continues to be a major problem in Sri Lanka, especially in rural areas, and results in many deaths annually. The amount of cardioactive toxins absorbed from a seed varies between individuals, and the number of seeds ingested does not always correlate with the degree of toxicity. The treatment of yellow oleander poisoning (YOP) in Sri Lankan hospitals includes gastric lavage, administration of activated charcoal (AC), and intravenous atropine or isoprenaline, or both, for bradyarrhythmias. Temporary cardiac pacing is done if patients develop life-threatening bradyarrythmias; this is often done in a tertiary care hospital. An anti-digoxin antitoxin for YOP was introduced to Sri Lanka in 2001. The antitoxin, antidigoxin antibody Fab fragments, reduces case fatality, but because of cost it is used sparingly. en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries Ceylon Medical Journal en
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dc.title Efficacy of activated charcoal in yellow oleander poisoning: Conflicting data perpetuate the debate en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.4038/cmj.v53i2.228 en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 33 en
pubs.volume 53 en
pubs.author-url http://www.sljol.info/index.php/CMJ/article/view/228 en
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pubs.end-page 35 en
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