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Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo

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HADDAD JUNIOR, Vidal  e  MOURA, Regina. Acute neuromuscular manifestations in a patient associated with ingesting octopus (Octopus sp.). Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 2007, vol.49, n.1, pp.59-61. ISSN 1678-9946.

The authors report neuromuscular manifestations in a 45-year-old woman after consuming octopus meat (Octopus sp.). The patient presented malaise, paresthesias in perioral and extremity areas, intense muscular weakness and arterial hypotension, followed by severe itch and disseminated cutaneous rash. Gastrointestinal manifestations and fever were not observed, reducing the probability of alimentary poisoning. The presence of muscular and neurological symptoms suggests neurotoxin action, which could have been ingested by the victim from the octopus salivary glands or from an accumulation of toxins in the meat, or by an unknown mechanism. There is little known about toxins of the Octopus genus and this communication is important alert to the possibility of poisoning in humans that eat octopus and its differentiation from alimentary poisonings arising from incorrect conservation of seafood.

Palavras-chave : Aquatic poisonous animals; Brazil; Octopus sp.; Octopuses; Poisoning [Venomous and poisonous marine animals].

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