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. 2007 Dec;14(6):356-9.
doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0b013e3280bef8dc.

It Could Have Happened to Van Gogh: A Case of Fatal Purple Foxglove Poisoning and Review of the Literature

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It Could Have Happened to Van Gogh: A Case of Fatal Purple Foxglove Poisoning and Review of the Literature

Shammi L Ramlakhan et al. Eur J Emerg Med. .

Abstract

Although death owing to the toxic effects of the therapeutic Digitalis lanata extract, digoxin has been reported, there are no reported cases of fatal Digitalis purpurea (digitoxin) plant intoxication in humans in the literature. We describe a case of ingestion of Digitalis purpurea in a 64-year-old man, which was fatal despite administration of Digibind. A review of the literature and aspects of management of plant digitalis poisoning are discussed.

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