A 45 year old female presented 1 hour after ingestion of a single tuber of Gloriosa superba. She appeared well.
A 40 year old male presented 5 hours following ingestion of a long tuber of Gloriosa superba . He appeared unwell with profuse vomiting and blood stained diarrhoea.
His pulse was 110 beats per minute and the blood pressure was 70/60mmHg. The arterial blood gas analysis revealed a pH of 7.1, HCO3 of 12mmol/L, CO2 of 13mmHg and a base excess of -5. Total WBC of 32000/mm3 with 90% neutrophils.
72 hours afterwards his urine output was 10ml/hour and the FBC revealed: Hb 5g/dL, WBC 1500/mm3 and platelets 10000/mm3.