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Unusual etiology of gastrointestinal symptoms: the case of jojoba butter

Authors Minckler MR, Fisher J, Bowers R, Amini R

Received 10 November 2016

Accepted for publication 21 December 2016

Published 7 February 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 27—29


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Hans-Christoph Pape

Michael R Minckler,1 Joseph Fisher,2 Rachel Bowers,2 Richard Amini1

1Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona, 2College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

Background: Jojoba butter is cyanogenic and has gained attention among herbal supplement consumers due to claims that it may aid in weight loss. Jojoba butter is extracted from the seeds of jojoba shrubs found in the Sonoran Desert. The seeds have long been recognized as inedible, however clinical symptoms following ingestion are not well documented.
Case report: This report describes a patient who developed restlessness and gastrointestinal complaints following ingestion of homemade jojoba seed butter. The patient’s presentation following ingestion is discussed, as well as effective workup and treatment. In our case, the patient was monitored and received fluid resuscitation, lorazepam, and diphenhydramine for symptomatic therapy.
Conclusion: This case describes the gastrointestinal sequela and effective management following ingestion of jojoba butter.

Keywords: jojoba butter, simmondsin, cyanoglycoside, anorectic

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