Wednesday, July 23, 2008


A patient comes in complaining of feeling "terrible," restless, muscle and joint pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea. You also notice watery eyes, a watery nose, and constant yawning. On exam, you find mydriasis and piloerection.

Challenge: What is the plant shown above?

Image is in the public domain.


tree said...


Papaver somniferum
(opium poppy)

Alex said...

sounds like some sort of muscarinic agonist - couldn't find that plant though =T

Craig said...


The plant shown is the poppy plant, Papaver somniferum, the origin of opiates. The clinical description is one of opioid withdrawal.

Sources: UpToDate; Wikipedia.