Author Topic: POTATO POISONING  (Read 1223 times)


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« on: February 13, 2013, 07:17:17 AM »
Potato Poisoning is due to ingestion of potatoes that contain excess amounts of solanine(A poisonous alkaloid found in potatoes, tomatoes, and other members of the nightshade family). This toxic substance is present in the potato peel and in the green sprouts. Potatoes usually contain about 7 mg of solanine per 100 g; the toxic dose of solanine is about 20 to 25g. Boiling, but not baking, removes most of the solanine from the potato.
Symptoms are :
- Headache
- Vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea
- Fever

There is no specific therapy. With appropriate supportive and symptomatic therapy, prognosis is good.