An Uncommon Case of Argemone Poisoning (Dropsy) Outbreak in a Single Family

Author(s): Kamal Singh1 , Neha Sharma2

Epidemic dropsy is a disease characterized by acute manifestation of bilateral pitting oedema, erythema, local tenderness, gastrointestinal disturbance along with cardio-respiratory problems and in severe cases leading to death. It results due to consumption of mustard oil contaminated with argemone oil. Argemone poisoning usually occurs in outbreaks, isolated cases are uncommon. We report a case of epidemic dropsy in a family from Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, during the month of March, admitted to Medical College and Hospital Chandigarh.