Home|Journals|Articles by Year Follow on Twitter| Subscribe to List

Directory for Medical Articles

Open Access

Original Research

Fatal Mushroom Poisoning in Syrian Refugees

Semih Petekkaya, Turgay Börk, Nusret Ayaz, Cihan Göktürk, Emine Şamdancı, Osman Celbiş.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the deaths of Syrian refugees caused by mushroom poisoning in the light of patient data, living conditions and autopsy findings.
An evaluation was made of 6 Syrian refugees who died at Malatya Turgut Ozal Medical Centre as a result of mushroom poisoning in 2014. Diagnosis of mushroom poisoning was made from the anamnesis, laboratory test results and clinical evaluation of the patients. The autopsy procedures for all the cases were performed at the Malatya Local Authority Forensic Medicine Institution. All the cases were evaluated in respect of age, gender, height, weight, symptoms of poisoning, duration of hospitalization, month of poisoning, laboratory parameters, autopsy findings and histopathological findings.
The 6 cases included in the study comprised 4 males and 2 females with a mean age of 27±18.7 years. Some of the cases were related. It was determined that all the cases were poisoned after eating wild mushrooms that they had collected. In all the cases, the liver function tests were impaired, with values determined of mean ALT 5456.83±2556.47 U/L, AST 2517.66±2351.56 U/L, INR 5.04±2.04 and ammoniac 904.16±308.6 µg/dl. In the autopsy, widespread foci of bleeding were determined in the internal organs, a jaundiced appearance and fluid accumulation in the body cavities (pleural effusion and acid). Thrombosis in the vena porta hepatica was determined in 1 case. In the histopathological examination, massive liver necrosis was seen in all the cases.

Mushroom poisoning as a definitive cause of death must be determined with a detailed history, autopsy findings and histopathology together. Furthermore, refugees should be warned that there could be similar species of mushrooms growing in different natural environments and that they could be poisonous.

Key words: mushroom poisoning, organ transplant, death, autopsy

Full-text options

Full-text Article

Share this Article

Readers of this article also read the following articles
»Screening Of Antıbodies Against Cytomegalovirus and Rubella Virus In Childbearing Age?s Women
»Barriers to Healthy Lifestyle among People with Known Diabetes and Hypertension in Selected Villages of Lakkur PHC, Kolar District
»Impact of emotional stability of working men in their social adjustment of Mangalore, Karnataka, India
»The Evalution of Birth Control Methods and Causes of Mehhod Preference Among Married Women in Malatya.
» Ecstasy use complicating with ICA dissection; A case report
»Menstrual psychosis: a case report
»Atypical hydatid cyst with psoas muscle location: Case report
»Role of some Cyanophyta (Cyanobacteria) in enhancement of soil characteristics
»Prevalence, Gender Distribution and Presence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by Certain Sociodemographic Characteristics Among University Students
»Significance of p53, pRb and Ki-67 markers in Cervical intraepithelial lesion and Malignancy
»“Journey On:” A Rhetorical Analysis of Relational Dialectics in the Musical "Ragtime"

American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health


BiblioMed Home
Follow ScopeMed on Twitter
Author Tools
eJPort Journal Hosting
About BiblioMed
License Information
Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy
Contact Us

The articles in Bibliomed are open access articles licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.
ScopeMed is a Database Service for Scientific Publications. Copyright © ScopeMed® Information Services.