Neurologic Sequelae after Ingestion of Mussels Contaminated with Domoic Acid

S. Robert Snodgrass, F. S.S. Leijten, A. W. de Weerd, Trish M. Perl, James C. Hockin, Tom Kosatsky, Ewan C.d. Todd, Lucie Bédard, Robert S. Remis, Jeanne Teitelbaum, Stirling Carpenter, Neil R. Cashman

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To the Editor: The papers of Perl et al. and Teitelbaum et al. (June 21 issue)1,2 suggest the existence of a new and avoidable human excitotoxic syndrome and imply that others may be found. Perl et al. showed that the mussels in question produced domoic acid. However, the existence of a specific domoate-caused neuropathologic entity has not been proved, nor was a link established between dose and consequences. Many people apparently ate these mussels without harm. It is not the elderly who consume the greatest quantities of seafood. Many young people eat mussels in larger quantities and may be more…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1631-1633
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume323
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 6 1990

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Snodgrass, S. R., Leijten, F. S. S., de Weerd, A. W., Perl, T. M., Hockin, J. C., Kosatsky, T., ... Cashman, N. R. (1990). Neurologic Sequelae after Ingestion of Mussels Contaminated with Domoic Acid. New England Journal of Medicine, 323(23), 1631-1633. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJM199012063232313