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February 24, 1984

Mushroom Poisoning: Case Reports and a Review of Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Field Services, Centers for Disease Control (Dr Hanrahan), and the Laboratories for Mycology, Centers for Laboratory and Research (Dr Gordon), New York State Department of Health, Albany.

JAMA. 1984;251(8):1057-1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340320043026

Four incidents of mushroom poisoning, representing four of the seven established groups of toxic mushrooms, are presented. These case reports illustrate the range of gastrointestinal and neurological symptoms caused by mushroom poisoning and reflect a nationwide increase in reports of serious poisonings in recent years. Severity of poisonings often parallels the time span between consumption and onset of symptoms, with serious poisonings having longer incubation periods. New therapies for amatoxin poisoning may reduce mortality caused by these poisonings.

(JAMA 1984;251:1057-1061)

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