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J Korean Soc Clin Toxicol. 2009 Dec;7(2):180-182. Korean. Original Article.
Jeong SM , Lee SH , Lim JS , Yoon SY , Ryu S , Lee JW , Kim SW , Yoo IS , You YH .
Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea.

It is well known that Rhododendron sclippenbashii contains the toxic material grayanotoxin. So, Koreans do not eat it, but they do eat azalea although it contains grayanotoxin. That is why there have been no reports about Rhododendron sclippenbashii intoxication after ingesting it intentionally, not accidentally. In this case, the patient was admitted to the emergency room with several toxic symptoms after intentionally consuming 50 blossoms of Rhododendron sclippenbashii to get rid of thirst. Treatment with saline infusion and atropine was successful and the outcome was favorable enough in this case to produce a complete cure without any sequelae at discharge. But toxic symptoms were seen for 24 hours, although the symptoms usually fade in 9 hours. Therefore, we should carefully treat and observe, for over 24 hours, the patient who intentionally ingests about 50 blossoms of Rhododendron sclippenbashii.

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