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2017 Month : April Volume : 2 Issue : 2 Page : 22-23

JATROPHA CURCAS POISONING IN NORTH INDIA - A CASE SERIES.

Mohd. Kaleem Khan1, Abhishek Kumar Varshney2

Corresponding Author:
Dr. Mohd. Kaleem Khan,
Assistant Professor,
Department of Forensic Medicine,
J. N. Medical College,
Aligarh Muslim University,
Aligarh-202002, Uttar Pradesh, India.
E-mail: mkk435@yahoo.co.in

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND

Jatropha curcas poisoning mainly through ingestion is becoming common now-a-days in countries like India, as there is global thrust for production of Jatropha oil as an alternate fuel, i.e. biodiesel. Rampant farming of the plant is posing threat to humans for accidental poisoning. It produces the symptom of burning sensation in the mouth and throat followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, later dehydration and shock may lead to collapse of the patient. Most affected are children, as they are attracted by taste of fruits. Here, we present a case series of twelve children who ate Jatropha fruits and landed with above-mentioned signs and symptoms.

Keywords

Jatropha curcas, biodiesel, crucin, poisoning.

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