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Eur J Emerg Med. 2002 Dec;9(4):342-7.

Six clinical cases of Mandragora autumnalis poisoning: diagnosis and treatment.

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Department of Internal and Emergency Medicine, University of Catania, St Marta Hospital, via G. Clementi 36, 95124 Catania, Italy.


A multiple case of Mandragora autumnalis poisoning is described. Mandragora autumnalis, a solanaceous plant that is common in the Sicilian countryside, contains a variable concentration of solanum alkaloids, which cause gastrointestinal irritation, and tropane alkaloids, which have anticholinergic properties and produce typical and sometimes severe atropine-like symptoms. Vital function support, decontamination, symptomatic treatment and, in severe cases, antidote therapy with physostigmine are useful to control acute poisoning.

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