Aspiration of black mustard

J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1998;36(6):591-3. doi: 10.3109/15563659809028054.


A 15-month-old healthy boy presented in acute, severe respiratory distress after ingesting and aspirating ground black mustard (Brassicu nigra) seeds. Ground mustard seeds contain the toxic compound, isothiocyanate, that causes airway irritation and edema similar to black pepper (known to be lethal with aspiration). This case documents the potential toxicity of black mustard which has not been previously reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Inhalation*
  • Isothiocyanates / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Mustard Plant / adverse effects*
  • Mustard Plant / chemistry
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Pulmonary Ventilation
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy
  • Seeds / adverse effects
  • Seeds / chemistry
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Isothiocyanates
  • isothiocyanic acid