Had a woman present recently with tachycardia, n and v and feeling "revolting". Asked when symptoms commenced and she stated 1hr after eating. Asked what she ate and she said she had been fasting and had then eaten 30 apricot seed kernals that she had blended (for weight loss), at which point alarm bells began to ring. Patient went to resus, tachycardia settled blood gases where ok and she was d/c home after 8 hrs.
Has anyone else experienced this type of poisoning???
We did ring poisons information which I did forget to say. There first comment was did we have an cyanide antidote kit!! Always an encouraging sign when they ask if you have antidote kits.
Quote from stevierae
I think that apricot pits (as well as apple seeds) have either cyanide or arsenic in them; can't recall which. Of course, most people don't make it a habit to ingest large amounts of apple seeds, and never apricot pits, so it rarely presents a problem. Poison control, here, would be called for the antidote for either type of poisoning.
I seem to recall that when Laetrile (sp?) was a counterculture cancer treatment years ago----you had to go to Mexico to get it----there were some instances of toxicity, as Laetrile was made from apricot pits.
Last edit by schoona on Jul 7, '05
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