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Life-threatening episode after ingestion of toad eggs: a case report with literature review
  1. Hung-Yi Kuo1,
  2. Chin-Wang Hsu2,
  3. Jiann-Hwa Chen1,
  4. Yung-Lung Wu1,
  5. Ying-Sheng Shen1
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Cathay General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; Fu Jen Catholic University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
  2. 2National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Y-S Shen
 Department of Emergency Medicine, Cathay General Hospital, 280 Sec 4, Jen-Ai Rd, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China; yingsheng1024{at}


It is known that toad possesses several toxic substances in the skin and parotid glands. In the past, toad-venom poisoning had been reported from ingestion of toad soup, Kyushin and aphrodisiac pills, but the poisoning from toad eggs is observed for the first time.

The case of a healthy female who had previously eaten toad soup twice without any discomfort is reported. She developed gastrointestinal symptoms and life-threatening cardiac rhythm after ingestion of toad eggs.

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