Treatment of podophyllin poisoning with resin hemoperfusion

Hum Toxicol. 1982 Oct;1(4):373-8. doi: 10.1177/096032718200100402.


1 A 43-year-old man was admitted in a coma after oral ingestion of a suspected lethal dose of podophyllin solution in alcohol. 2 Hemoperfusion with a resin filter was started 7 h after ingestion. Hemoperfusion rapidly decreased plasma concentrations of podophyllotoxin with an extraction ratio of 0.76 over the filter. The relatively low plasma concentrations of podophyllotoxin and consequently small amount removed might be explained by the rapid metabolism of the drug to an unknown derivate. 3 This metabolite was completely cleared during passage over the filter, suggesting the removal of significant amounts of podophyllotoxin metabolites. 4 No neurological deficit was observed before or after hemoperfusion. At a two-month follow-up the patient remained healthy. Hemoperfusion may possibly prevent the development of coma and neurologic deficit with loss of deep tendon reflexes.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Hemoperfusion*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Podophyllin / blood
  • Podophyllin / poisoning*
  • Polystyrenes*
  • Polyvinyls*


  • Polystyrenes
  • Polyvinyls
  • XAD-4 resin
  • Podophyllin