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BMC Research Notes

, 7:553

First Online: 20 August 2014Received: 09 May 2014Accepted: 15 August 2014DOI: 10.1186-1756-0500-7-553

Cite this article as: Kim, Y., Kim, J., Kim, O.J. et al. BMC Res Notes 2014 7: 553. doi:10.1186-1756-0500-7-553


BackgroundBrugmansia, commonly referred to as angel’s trumpet AT, has been become popular in Korea as an ornamental shrub. However, it is not generally known by the public that this plant contains tropane alkaloids, and that ingestion of AT can lead to anticholinergic poisoning.

Case presentationA 64-year-old Korean female presented with acute mental changes caused by inadvertent ingestion of the petals of AT flowers used as a garnish in a traditional Korean food bibimbop. She regained her usual level of awareness after 10 hours.

ConclusionConsidering its easy availability, the toxicity of AT should be addressed to prevent accidental and intentional poisoning by this ornamental plant.

KeywordsBrugmansia Anticholinergics Poisoning AbbreviationATAngel’s trumpet.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1756-0500-7-553 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Yoon Kim - Jinkwon Kim - Ok Joon Kim - Won Chan Kim


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