Severe Destruction of the Upper Respiratory Structures After Brief Exposure to a Dieffenbachia Plant

Altin G., Sanli A., Erdogan B. A., Paksoy M., Aydin S., Altintoprak N.

JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.24, no.3, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Dieffenbachia is a common domestic plant. Oral contact with the plant generally causes slight effects, but when chewed it may result in painful oropharyngeal edema. Even though the mechanism through which this plant causes toxicity is not known, calcium oxalate crystals (rhaphides) and protease in the idioblast of the plant are considered to be the causes. Our aim was to show the lethal effects of a common domestic plant named Dieffenbachia.