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Histamine fish poisoning: a common but frequently misdiagnosed condition
  1. R R Attaran,
  2. F Probst
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr F Probst, Accident and Emergency Department, St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK


Scombrotoxic or histamine fish poisoning is a common condition normally associated with consuming spoiled tuna, mackerel, bonito, or skipjack. Typical symptoms like flushing, urticaria, and palpitations mimic those of allergy so histamine fish poisoning can easily be misdiagnosed. Diagnosis is often clinical and the mainstay of treatment is antihistamines.

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