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Epidemic of self-poisoning with seeds of the yellow oleander tree (Thevetia peruviana) in northern Sri Lanka.

Abstract:

Deliberate self-harm is an important problem in the developing world. Ingestion of yellow oleander seeds (Thevetia peruviana) has recently become a popular method of self-harm in northern Sri Lanka -- there are now thousands of cases each year. These seeds contain cardiac glycosides that cause vomiting, dizziness, and cardiac dysrhythmias such as conduction block affecting the sinus and AV nodes. This paper reports a study of the condition's mortality and morbidity conducted in 1995 in Anurad...

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Eddleston, M More by this author
Ariaratnam, CA More by this author
Kularatne, AM More by this author
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Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Journal:
Tropical medicine and international health : TM and IH
Volume:
4
Issue:
4
Pages:
266-273
Publication date:
1999-04-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1365-3156
ISSN:
1360-2276
URN:
uuid:5622dab8-9c1f-4bf3-b51e-e246c6e256c6
Source identifiers:
60969
Local pid:
pubs:60969

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