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What can happen if you have shellfish poisoning?

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You can get poisoned from clams, mussels, and other shellfish contaminated with a toxin that causes paralysis. You may be unable to move your muscles. You also may get:

If you eat a large amount of contaminated shellfish, you can go into a coma or stop breathing.

  • Headache
  • Lower-back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Drooling
  • Blurred vision
  • Temporary blindness
  • Faster heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Changed sense of temperature

SOURCES:

Author: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Editors: N Stuart Harris, MD, MFA, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James Kimo Takayesu, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital.

CHC Medical Library and Patient Education: "Fish and shellfish poisoning."

SailNet: "Dangerous Seafood."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Author: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Editors: N Stuart Harris, MD, MFA, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James Kimo Takayesu, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital.

CHC Medical Library and Patient Education: "Fish and shellfish poisoning."

SailNet: "Dangerous Seafood."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

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