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First Aid for Solanum Tuberosum Poisoning

Last updated Sept. 29, 2017

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

The potato plant (botanical name Solanum tuberosum) is a most sought-after plant that offers a staple food for many nations of the world.

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Quick Summary:

  • The potato plant (botanical name Solanum tuberosum) is a most sought-after plant that offers a staple food for many nations of the world
  • Even though the roots of the potato plant (or potatoes) are typically harmless for human consumption; the new leaves and sprouts and thickened underground green stems (called tubers) are toxic, due to the presence of solanine (a poisonous alkaloid)
  • Potato Plant Poisoning is the accidental or intentional intake of the plant parts (such as new sprouting leaves and tubers)
  • The condition is diagnosed based upon the clinical history, combination of signs and symptoms, and additional tests (that may include, in some cases, radiological studies and laboratory tests)


  • In case of an emergency, call 911 (or your local emergency number) for assistance
  • In case of poisoning, call National Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222 (or your local poison control center) and follow instructions
  • Provide them with information such as dosage, type, strength and time of ingestion of medication, age, weight and general health status of affected individual

What are some Useful Resources for Additional Information on Solanum Tuberosum Poisoning?

National Capital Poison Center (USA)
3201 New Mexico Ave, Suite 310 Washington, DC 20016
Administrative Line: (202) 362-3867
Emergency Line: 1 (800) 222-1222
Fax: (202) 362-8377
Email: pc@poison.org
Website: http://www.poison.org

American Association of Poison Control Centers (USA)
515 King St., Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 894-1858
Email: info@aapcc.org
Website: http://www.aapcc.org

References and Information Sources used for Solanum Tuberosum Poisoning:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002875.htm (accessed on 09/29/2017)

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/horrific-tales-of-potatoes-that-caused-mass-sickness-and-even-death-3162870/ (accessed on 09/29/2017)

http://www.poison.org/articles/2014-dec/Potatos (accessed on 09/29/2017)

https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm253338.htm (accessed on 09/29/2017)

Helpful Peer-Reviewed Medical Articles for Solanum Tuberosum Poisoning:

Ha, M., Kwak, J. H., Kim, Y., & Zee, O. P. (2012). Direct analysis for the distribution of toxic glycoalkaloids in potato tuber tissue using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric imaging. Food chemistry, 133(4), 1155-1162.

Vandenborre, G., Smagghe, G., & Van Damme, E. J. (2011). Plant lectins as defense proteins against phytophagous insects. Phytochemistry, 72(13), 1538-1550.

Dunse, K. M., Stevens, J. A., Lay, F. T., Gaspar, Y. M., Heath, R. L., & Anderson, M. A. (2010). Coexpression of potato type I and II proteinase inhibitors gives cotton plants protection against insect damage in the field. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(34), 15011-15015.

Vanderplank, J. E. (2012). Disease resistance in plants. Elsevier.

Brenchley, W. E. (2015). Inorganic plant poisons and stimulants. Cambridge University Press.

Carter, J. E., Odumosu, O., & Langridge, W. H. (2010). Expression of a ricin toxin B subunit: insulin fusion protein in edible plant tissues. Molecular biotechnology, 44(2), 90-100.

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First uploaded: Sept. 29, 2017
Last updated: Sept. 29, 2017