An Unusual Case of Strychnine Poisoning Journal Articles uri icon

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  • AbstractStrychnine‐related death has been described since the 19th century. This alkaloid was discovered in 1818. Historically, strychnine was used by the South‐East Asian autochthones on their arrows. However, its production was modified by legislation, which was used to protect people against accidental intoxications. Here, we present the case of a 69‐year‐old man who was found dead at home. During the autopsy, we found a blue substance in the stomach. Toxicological analysis measured strychnine at 0.29 μg/mL in the blood sample, which is a relatively low level in comparison with the results given in the literature. However, histologic examination and toxicological findings permitted the conclusion of strychnine poisoning.


  • Prat, Sebastien
  • Hoizey, Guillaume
  • Lefrancq, Thierry
  • Saint‐Martin, Pauline

publication date

  • May 2015