The exact prevalence of mushroom poisoning fatalities is unknown but is thought to occur in the 100s each year. An increasing risk is emerging in parts of the world with a large influx of migrants, some of whom forage for food due to poor economic circumstances.
A key consideration in classifying type of mushroom poisoning has traditionally been time of onset of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. Generally, but not universally, a latency of less than 6 hours portends limited toxicity. Conversely, if GI symptoms occur more than 6 hours after ingestion, a more serious clinical course should be considered. However, as more poisonous mushrooms continue to be discovered, this timeline paradigm continues to be modified and is becoming less of a reliable guideline for prognostication.
T62.0X4A – Toxic effect of ingested mushrooms, undetermined, initial encounter
86505009 – Toxic effect from eating mushrooms
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