Forensic medicine – MCQ 48 – Poisoning

A person was brought by police from the railway platform. He is talking irrelevant. He is having dry mouth with hot skin, dilated pupils, staggering gait and slurred speech. The most probable diagnosis is:
A. Alcohol intoxication
B. Carbamates poisoning
C. Organophosphorous poisoning
D. Dhatura poisoning

Correct answer : D. Dhatura poisoning

Features of dhatura poisoning: (All Datura plants contain tropane alkaloids such as scopolamine, hyoscyamine, and atropine)

  • Dilatation of pupils
  • Dryness of mouth
  • Difficulty in speech
  • Dysphagia
  • Dilatation of cutaneous blood vessels
  • Dry, hot skin
  • Drunken gait
  • Delirium
  • Drowsiness

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