First botulism poisoning case in Taiwan reported

PRICE OF BEAUTY: Two sisters experienced botulism poisoning after possibly being injected with excessive doses or faulty products at an unlicensed clinic in Taipei

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 17, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

The nation’s first case of poisoning caused by a botulinum toxin injection was reported by

Yang Chen-chang, director of clinical toxicology and occupational medicine at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, speaks at a forum i n Taipei yesterday about intoxication caused by botox injections.
Photo: CNA

toxicologist Yang Chen-chang (楊振昌) at a conference at Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH) yesterday.

Yang, TVGH clinical toxicology and occupational medicine department director, disclosed the case during a lecture on botulism poisoning related to cosmetic procedures at this year’s International Conference for Poison Control and Research Development.

The case involved two sisters in their 50s who received botulinum toxin injections in June at an unlicensed workshop that used botulinum toxin products from an unknown source, resulting in botulism poisoning five days later.

The older sister suffered from unclear speech, a hoarse voice and difficulty swallowing after getting multiple injections in the face. However, she was not diagnosed with botulism poisoning when she sought treatment at a clinic, so her condition worsened, and she began experiencing weakness in her limbs and also required feeding through a nasogastric tube.    [FULL  STORY]

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