The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 357–359 | Cite as

Neem oil poisoning

  • N. Sundaravalli
  • B. Bhaskar Raju
  • K. A. Krishnamoorthy
Original Articles


Twelve children were admitted with convulsions and altered sensorium following ingestion of locally obtained neem oil. Ten died within 24 hours. Of the six children investigated completely, four showed significant acidosis and all showed significant rise in serum transaminases suggesting liver damage. All had normal CSF values. Liver biopsy done in one showed fatty degeneration.

Key words

Neem oil margose oil poisoning Melia azardirachta linn 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Sundaravalli
    • 1
  • B. Bhaskar Raju
    • 1
  • K. A. Krishnamoorthy
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Child Health and Hospital for childrenEgmore, Madras

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