Volume 44, Issue 2 (March 1999)

    Another Death Due to Ingestion of Nicotiana glauca

    (Received 2 April 1998; accepted 7 July 1998)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Deaths attributed to ingestion of Nicotiana glauca are extremely rare. We report here a case where a 43-year-old man was found dead after apparently drinking a water extract of Nicotiana glauca. The primary alkaloid in the plant is anabasine. Toxicological analysis by capillary gas chromatography showed the deceased had a blood anabasine concentration of 2.2 mg/L. Clinically, the features of poisoning are nicotine-like and if death occurs it results from respiratory paralysis. The case further supports the view that, in the human, anabasine is considerably more toxic than nicotine.


    Author Information:

    Sims, DN
    Senior toxicologist and pathologist, Forensic Science Centre, Adelaide,

    James, R
    Senior toxicologist and pathologist, Forensic Science Centre, Adelaide,

    Christensen, T
    Horticultural botanist, State Herbarium, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide,


    Stock #: JFS14484J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14484J

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    Title Another Death Due to Ingestion of Nicotiana glauca
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30