Scopolamine intoxication as a model
of transient global amnesia

by
Ardila A, Moreno C.
Instituto Colombiano de Neuropsicologia.
Brain Cogn. 1991 Mar;15(2):236-45


ABSTRACT

In Colombia (South America) during recent decades the administration of scopolamine, extracted from plants belonging to the Datura or Brugmansia genus, has become an important neurologic and toxicologic phenomenon. These extracts have been popularly known as "Burundanga." Chemical characteristics and clinical features of scopolamine intoxication are described. Anterograde amnesia and submissive behavior found in patients intoxicated with scopolamine are analyzed. Burundanga intoxication is related to other toxic phenomena found in different countries and similitudes with transient global amnesia are emphasized.
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