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Lessons from a suicide attempt by intra-abdominal ricin injection

Ayana Dvir, MD, MHA, Zahi Dagan, MD, MHA, Avi Mizrachi, MD, Arik Eisenkraft, MD, MHA

Abstract


A 19-year-old woman was admitted to the emergency department 7 hours after a suicide attempt with an intra-abdominal injection of self-prepared ricin solution. In the following 6 days, she has developed multiorgan-failure, and despite all intensive care interventions—including plasma exchange, high-frequency ventilation, and continuous renal replacement therapy—she passed away. We describe in detail the chain of events and discuss shortly the known literature about this rare poisoning.


Keywords


ricin, Ricinus communis, suicide attempt, multiorgan-failure, shock, ARDS

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/ajdm.2021.0389

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