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paralytic shellfish poisoning


Definition: a spectrum of neurologic symptoms secondary to saxitoxin (q.v.) ingestion, including oral, facial, and other paresthesias; gastrointestinal upset, including nausea, emesis, and diarrhea; weakness and paralysis; death is uncommon.

Synonym(s): saxitoxin poisoning

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