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Case Reports
January 1939

ACUTE NICOTINE POISONING WITH FATAL OUTCOME IN A CHILD

Author Affiliations
FLORENCE, S. C.From the Department of Pediatrics, the McLeod Infirmary.
Am J Dis Child. 1939;57(1):102-104. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990010111008
Abstract

Although nicotine has been recognized as a poison for over three centuries, fatalities in children from the administration of this substance are of sufficient rarity to warrant a report of this case.

REPORT OF CASE  F. B., a Negro girl aged 8 years, was in good health when she was attacked by a Negro man one afternoon. Her cries for help brought neighbors to the scene, who found the man pouring some dark-colored fluid down her throat. In the excitement which followed, the bottle and the fluid were lost. The girl complained of feeling badly and lay down on the bed, dropping off to sleep. Soon she became nauseated. Several hours later a severe convulsion and fever developed. The family physician administered chloroform and a sedative. After the convulsion the child remained in a stupor, but she roused sufficiently at intervals to take a small amount of nourishment by mouth.

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