Problems with eating fungi
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Problems with eating fungi

Frances Northall Information Officer, National Poisons Information Service (London)

Frances Northall describes the symptoms associated with ingesting dubious fungi, the difficulty in identifying syndromes from the patient’s symptoms, and appropriate treatment

Enquiries concerning ingestion of fungi are fairly common, particularly during the autumn when their growth is most prolific. The usual scenario is that of a small child arriving in the A&E department accompanied by a sample of some small brown fungi that he or she may, or may not have eaten. More rarely, adults present after consuming wild fungi and then, either, becoming ill or wondering if they have misidentified their meal and are about to be ill. Abuse of ‘magic mushrooms’may also be a cause of presentation.

Emergency Nurse. 8, 5, 16-21. doi: 10.7748/en2000.

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