The major symptoms of ricin poisoning depend on the route of exposure and the dose received. Initial symptoms of inhalation poisoning can develop from 4-24 hours after exposure. Following ingestion of ricin, initial symptoms typically occur in less than 10 hours. Symptoms and signs can include
- difficulty breathing,
- tightness in the chest,
- heavy sweating,
- low blood pressure, and
- respiratory failure.
Ricin poisoning can lead to failure of multiple organ systems and can be fatal.
Cause of ricin poisoning
Ricin is a poison protein found naturally in castor beans from the castor bean plant (Ricinus communis).
Other ricin poisoning symptoms and signs
- Difficulty Breathing
- Heavy Sweating
- Low Blood Pressure
- Respiratory Failure
- Tightness in the Chest
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