Cerbera odollam, is a tree that grows in the swamp and marshy areas of India and southern Asia. Going by the common name “Pong-pong”. J Forensic Leg Med. Aug; doi: / Epub May 9. Cerbera odollam toxicity: A review. Menezes RG(1), Usman. J Ethnopharmacol. Dec;95() Cerbera odollam: a ‘suicide tree’ and cause of death in the state of Kerala, India. Gaillard Y(1), Krishnamoorthy A, .

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Fruits are round, 5—10 cm in diameter, with a hard fibrous outer covering adapted for dispersal by water. Tropical trees and shrubs – A selection for urban plantings.

Prassas, Ioannis, and Eleftherios P. The Cerbera odollamfor instance, is a perfectly beautiful, lush tree. So no surprise when I tell you that the toxic effects of cerberin mirror those of oleandrin.

Temporary cardiac pacing has been used in the management, apart from other supportive measures.

For this reason, the study suggests that some cases put down to suicide may actually have been murders. Odollam Cycle It is an evergreen plant and appears to flower and fruit throughout the odoloam. It has a rounded crown with leaves that are simple, elliptical and spirally arranged. Wake up with the smartest email in your inbox. If this is true for digitoxin, I wonder if it is true across the entire class of cardiac glycosides. A guide to medicinal plants: Kassop, David, Michael S.


The medical toxicologists were on their game, as they suspected digoxin poisoning, but none was detected by their labs. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Cerbera odollam is known by a number of vernacular names, depending on the region. Notify me of new comments via email. It’s not outlandish to think that someone could accidentally eat this deadly seed. Things that sound complicated are usually expensive, and this is no exception.

Cerbera odollam: a ‘suicide tree’ and cause of death in the state of Kerala, India.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. They sit inside cerberra edible fruit, after all. Around half of the patients develops thrombocytopenia. Written by Joanie Faletto.

She presented to the ED with complaints of naseau, vommiting, and chest tightness. Odoloam from ” https: Read more about the Apocynaceae family. I wonder what his side of the story is. Email required Address never made public. The fruits are used for manufacturing bioinsecticides and deodorants. Apocynaceae Flora of tropical Asia Decorative fruits and seeds Poisonous plants.

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The fruits cerbwra, develop singly. Its branchlets are whorled about the trunk, and its leaves are terminally crowded, with tapering bases, acuminate apices, and entire margins. Her serum potassium and calcium levels were high, 7. Leaves, flowers and seeds of C. The increase of calcium leads to an increase in heart contractility inotropy 1, for a review.


Menu Skip to content. The way it works to stop your heart is similar to that of the death penalty by lethal injection.

Cerbera odollam toxicity: A review.

Curiosity uses cookies to improve site performance, for analytics and for advertising. Yeah, this is what actually kills people when death sentences are carried out by lethal injection in the United States, so you know hyperkalemia can be a bad thing. Wayside trees of Malaya. Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.

Half of the plant poisoning deaths here, and one in 10 poisoning deaths overall, can be traced to Cerbera. Written by Joanie Faletto February 13, Both have a steroid nucleus with a lactone moiety, and conjugated to a sugar, with the only difference being the position of the acetate group.