Green dangers at home: "Dieffenbachia intoxication" Evdeki̇ yesi̇l tehli̇keler "di̇fenbahya zehi̇rlenmesi̇"

Şismanlar T., Onganlar Y. H. , Derinöz O., KULA S., Kanbur S. M. , Vuralli D.

Gazi Medical Journal, vol.21, no.1, pp.51-52, 2010 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: Gazi Medical Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.51-52


Dieffenbachia is a tropical ornamental houseplant. It has ocular, dermal and gastrointestinal toxic effects. A 3-year-old was boy admitted to the emergency department with respiratory distress after he had bitten a dieffenbachia leaf. His symptoms regressed after steroid and antihistaminic therapy. Some ornamental houseplants have toxic effects and may cause serious complications especially in children.