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Neem oil poisoning


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.

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Sundaravalli, N., Raju, B.B. & Krishnamoorthy, K.A. Neem oil poisoning. Indian J Pediatr 49, 357–359 (1982).

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  • Neem oil
  • margose oil poisoning
  • Melia azardirachta linn