The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2014 , Vol 56 , Num 5
Papaverine Intoxication in a Newborn: An Unusual Case Report
Neonatology Clinic, Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey.
Received: 10 December 2013, Accepted: 20 August 2014
Herbal agents are increasingly used for medicinal purposes, but there is a lack of knowledge about the content of these agents. Indiscriminate use of herbal agents may cause severe side effects and also death. We report a newborn who developed convulsions and respiratory arrest after oral intake of an opium poppy preparation containing papaverine for its antitussive effect. The infant experienced a good outcome with supportive treatment. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a newborn with papaverine intoxication has been described. Parents should avoid self-medication of their children, and the possibility of exposure to foreign products should be kept in mind in any seizure of a newborn with unexplained origin. Keywords : alternative medicine, intoxication, newborn, opium poppy, papaverine.
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