We report the case of a patient who presented with respiratory failure, recurrent ventricular fibrillation, ventricular arrhythmias, and hypotension after an intentional ingestion of aconite flowers. Significant ingestion of this plant can produce life-threatening cardio- and neurotoxicity that may require evacuation from the wilderness to a medical facility capable of advanced treatment and intensive care monitoring.
Keywords: aconite; aconitine; cardiotoxins; neurotoxins; ventricular arrhythmias; wolfsbane.
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