Strychnine intoxication

JACEP. 1979 Dec;8(12):520-2. doi: 10.1016/s0361-1124(79)80299-3.


Strychnine intoxication is manifested by agitation, muscle spasms, and convulsions. We report a case in which intractable convulsions led to severe lactic acidosis which secondarily resulted in visceral (lung, heart, kidney, liver, and brain) collapse and death. Aggressive therapy instituted in the emergency department and aimed at control of seizure activity and lactic acidosis may be lifesaving.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acidosis / chemically induced
  • Adult
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle Spasticity / chemically induced
  • Seizures / chemically induced
  • Strychnine / poisoning*


  • Strychnine