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Arch Pediatr. 2011 Feb;18(2):186-8. doi: 10.1016/j.arcped.2010.11.006. Epub 2010 Dec 30.

[Deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) intoxication in a 2-year-old child].

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Service des urgences pédiatriques, hôpital de la Mère et de l'Enfant, centre hospitalier universitaire, 8, avenue du Dr-Dominique-Larrey, 87000 Limoges, France.


Plant intoxications account for 5% of all intoxication cases according to French anti-poison centers. We report an uncommon case of intoxication with deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) in a 2-year-old child. The child presented at the ER with an atropinic syndrome, both central and peripheral, after ingestion of wild berries a few hours before. The fruit and leaves brought in by the mother allowed the anti-poison center to identify belladonna, in agreement with clinical findings. The child was kept in the intensive care unit for 48 h and progression was favorable with symptomatic treatment.

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