Hong Kong Med J 2005;11:507-9 | Number 6, December 2005
A case of tetramine poisoning: a lethal rodenticide
WT Poon, K Chan, MH Lo, KK Yip, T Lee, AYW Chan
Hospital Authority Toxicology Reference Laboratory, Princess Margaret Hospital, Laichikok, Hong Kong
We report a fatal case of suicide presenting with convulsions and subsequently multi-organ failure. Rodenticide poisoning was not suspected until the next day when tetramine was detected in the patient's blood, urine, and food residues. Tetramine is a potent rodenticide with a rapid action and high mortality. The poison has been banned worldwide but is still readily available in Mainland China. Outbreaks of poisoning are reported frequently and doctors should be alert for this lethal toxin.
Key words: Bridged compounds; Poisoning; Rodenticides; Status epilepticus
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