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A case of ricin poisoning following ingestion of Korean castor bean
  1. H Lim,
  2. H J Kim,
  3. Y S Cho
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Bucheon Hospital, Sooncheonhyang University, Bucheon, Republic of Korea
  1. Dr H J Kim, Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Bucheon Hospital, Sooncheonhyang University, Bucheon 420-767, Republic of Korea; lovelydr{at}schbc.ac.kr

Abstract

Ricin is a member of a group of protein toxins whose cytosolic target is the 28S rRNA of the 60S ribosomal subunit. It was recently introduced as a weapon of terrorism in some countries. There is little evidence about the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of ricin poisoning. The case history is reported of a patient with ricin poisoning who presented with nausea and vomiting following ingestion of Korean castor bean.

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