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Natural Toxins Registry: Plants and Mushrooms 

Background - Plants

Human exposures to plant toxins are relatively common.  In 2012, U.S. Poison Center’s received over 46,000 calls for exposures to plants. Despite this, research on the acute ingestion of these toxins in human populations is sparse, and is nearly exclusively case reports and small case series. 

The medical literature contains relatively little information on the clinical characteristics, demographics, and regionality of plant ingestions.  The purpose of ACMT’s Natural Toxins Registry – Plants is to gather detailed prospective information regarding ingestion amounts, method of confirmation, time to onset of symptoms, and clinical course of patients who ingest plants and are cared for by medical toxicologists.  The ultimate goal is to use the information gathered to develop appropriate guidance on the management of these exposures.


Background - Mushrooms

Human exposures to mushrooms are relatively common and may lead to significant morbidity and rarely mortality.  In 2012, U.S. Poison Center’s received over 6000 calls for human exposures to mushrooms. Despite this, research on the acute ingestion of these toxins in human populations is relatively sparse. 

The medical literature contains relatively little detailed information on the clinical characteristics, demographics, and regionality of mushroom ingestions.  The purpose of ACMT’s Natural Toxins Registry – Mushrooms is to gather detailed prospective information regarding ingestion amounts, method of confirmation, time to onset of symptoms, and clinical course of patients who ingest mushrooms and are cared for by medical toxicologists.  The ultimate goal is to use the information gathered to develop appropriate guidance on the management of these exposures.

 

Principal Investigator Contact Information

Robert G. Hendrickson, MD

Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon

Email: hendriro@ohsu.edu