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Alternative names 
Alocasia; Angel wings; Colocasia; Caladium; Texas Wonder

Definition
Poisoning caused by consumption of plant material from the Caladium plant.

Poisonous Ingredient

     
  • oxalic acid  
  • asparagine  
  • a protein found in this plant

Note: Leaves and stems are the most dangerous if eaten in quantity.

Where Found

     
  • caladium esculentum  
  • caladium bicolor

Note: This list may not be all inclusive.

Symptoms

     
  • body as a whole       o burning in mouth       o swelling of tongue       o swelling of mouth  
  • eyes, ears, toes, and throat       o burning in throat  
  • gastrointestinal       o nausea and/or vomiting       o diarrhea

Home Treatment
Wipe out the mouth with a cold, wet cloth, and give milk to drink. Call Poison Control for more treatment information.

Before Calling Emergency
Determine the following information:

     
  • the patient’s age, weight, and condition  
  • the name of the plant and the parts eaten  
  • the amount swallowed  
  • the time it was swallowed

Poison Control, or a local emergency number
They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Bring the plant with you to the emergency room for identification.

What to expect at the emergency room

     
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)
Oxalate plants may cause swelling severe enough to block the airway, but this is very rare.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 2, 2012
by Arthur A. Poghosian, M.D.

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