A fatal poisoning from Nicotiana glauca

J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1987;25(5):429-35. doi: 10.3109/15563658708992646.


A young adult male was found dead in a field. No cause of death was apparent at autopsy, and the only positive toxicological finding was the presence of a nicotine-like alkaloid isolated from the liver. Anabasine, the major, highly toxic alkaloid of the shrub, Nicotiana glauca (tree tobacco) was subsequently identified in all body specimens examined using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Concentrations of anabasine in blood, urine and other body organs are reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alkaloids / analysis
  • Alkaloids / poisoning*
  • Anabasine / analysis
  • Anabasine / poisoning*
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nicotiana*
  • Piperidines / poisoning*
  • Plant Poisoning / etiology*
  • Plants, Toxic*


  • Alkaloids
  • Piperidines
  • Anabasine