UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Toxicology

Title: Food Toxicology Pearls

Keywords: Food Poisoning, tetrodotoxin, ciguatera toxin (PubMed Search)

Posted: 11/22/2007 by Fermin Barrueto, MD (Updated: 7/10/2020)
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A short list of some of the unique food poisonings and the toxicologic effects:

  • Ciguatera toxin (fish): hot-cold sensation reversal
  • Tetrodotoxin (fugu, puffer fish): paresthesias progressing to paralysis and dysrythmias
  • Scrombroid (spoiled fish): flushed face due to histamine ingestion
  • Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (mussels, clams, etc): acts like curare, toxin is saxitoxin
  • Amnestic shellfish poisoning (mussels): exactly what it says, loss of memory - very cool