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Four Cases of Phytolacca Esculenta Van Houtte Intoxication due to Misidentification as a Ginseng
Jun Ho Bae, Ga Eul Kim, Gi Joong Kim, Doo Hyun Lee, Jun Yeol Lee, Dae Jin Jeong, Yoon Seong Kim, Chan Woo Park, Hui Young Lee, Jun Hwi Cho
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2013;11(2):133-135
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: December 31, 2013
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1Department of Emergency Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University
10Department of Emergency Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University
4Department of Emergency Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University
5Department of Emergency Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University
6Department of Emergency Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University
7Department of Emergency Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University
8Department of Emergency Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University
9Department of Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University

Poisoning by Phytolacca esculenta commonly occurs by misidentification as other edible plants. The root of Phytolacca esculenta is similar to other roots, such as kudzu, balloon flower, codonopsis lanceolata, and ginseng. The author experienced four cases of Phytolacca esculenta intoxication due to misidentification as a ginseng. We report on these cases with a review of the literature.

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