CYTRULUS COLOCYNTHIS (COLOCYNTH OR BITTER APPLE, MAKAL, INDRAYAN, PAVA, MEKKA, KAYI)

CYTRULUS COLOCYNTHIS

The active principle colocynthin is present in the fruits.

CYTRULUS COLOCYNTHISSigns and symptoms – Pain in the abdomen, blood tinged watery diarrhoea; raised body temperature, circulatory collapse.

Treatment – Symptomatic.

P.M. findings – Irritation of the G.I. tract, inflammation of the kidneys, congested organs.

Medicolegal aspects – Poisoning is accidental ; used as an abortifacient agent.