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Jerusalem cherry

Alternative names

Poisoning caused by consumption of plant material from the Jerusalem cherry.

Poisonous Ingredient

  • solanocapsine

Where Found

  • Jerusalem cherry
  • The toxin is found throughout the plant but especially in the unripened fruit and leaves.
Note: This list may not be all inclusive.


  • body as a whole
    • headache
    • drowsiness
  • respiratory
    • slowed breathing
  • eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • dilated pupils
  • heart and blood vessels
    • slow pulse
    • low blood pressure
  • gastrointestinal
    • abdominal pain
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
  • nervous system
    • psychosis

Home Treatment

Call the Poison Control center for guidance. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed.

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:
  • the patient's age, weight, and condition
  • the name of the plant and parts eaten
  • the time it was swallowed
  • the amount swallowed

Poison Control, or a local emergency number

They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the person to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Bring the plant with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room

Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:
  • Induce vomiting.
  • Use gastric lavage .
  • Activated charcoal.
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)

Death has been reported but is rare.

Update Date: 2/23/2004

Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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