Difference between revisions of "Paralytic shellfish poisoning"

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==Diagnosis==
 
==Diagnosis==
 
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*Based on symptoms plus history of shellfish ingestion
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*Symptoms develop within minutes to hours of ingestion
  
 
==Differential Diagnosis==
 
==Differential Diagnosis==
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==Prognosis==
 
==Prognosis==
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*Mortality up to 12 percent if untreated <ref name = Mines >Mines D et al. Poisonings: food, fish, shellfish. Emerg Med Clin North Am 1997;15:157. </ref>
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
 
*[[Marine toxins and envenomations]]
 
*[[Marine toxins and envenomations]]

Revision as of 23:10, 6 January 2016

Background

  • Associated with red tides, but can occur independently
  • Caused by ingestion of contaminated shellfish which harbor toxin producing algae
  • Shellfish typically from colder waters (New England, Pacific NW, Alaska)

Diagnosis

  • Based on symptoms plus history of shellfish ingestion
  • Symptoms develop within minutes to hours of ingestion

Differential Diagnosis

Marine toxins, envenomations, and bites

Treatment

  • Symptomatic

Prognosis

  • Mortality up to 12 percent if untreated [1]

See Also

Source

  1. Mines D et al. Poisonings: food, fish, shellfish. Emerg Med Clin North Am 1997;15:157.