MUSHROOMS: THE VELVETY POISON


GÜRBÜZ Ş. , OĞUZTÜRK H. , TURGUT K., TURTAY M. G. , GUVEN T.

ACTA MEDICA MEDITERRANEA, vol.31, no.5, pp.947-951, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Title of Journal : ACTA MEDICA MEDITERRANEA
  • Page Numbers: pp.947-951

Abstract

Introduction: Mushroom poisoning, a frequent health condition worldwide, documented since ancient times, can occur when an amateur mushroom hunter misidentifies a mushroom due to the close resemblance between toxic and edible species. In the majority of cases, mistakenly ingested mushrooms cause only gastrointestinal irritation, but certain toxic species, such as Amanita phalloides, can cause multiorgan failure and death. This study investigated the demographic and clinical characteristics of 79 mushroom poisoning cases, together with the treatments applied and their outcomes.