Volume 91, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Epidemic dropsy is caused by consumption of mustard oil contaminated with argemone oil. It usually occurs in outbreaks with acute manifestation of bilateral pitting edema, erythema, and local tenderness along with cardiac and respiratory problems in severe cases leading to death. We report an outbreak that is unusual because of its gradual onset, clustering in a single family, and with major manifestation of gastrointestinal illness mimicking acute gastroenteritis, hence leading to delayed diagnosis and high mortality. Thus, the diagnosis of epidemic dropsy should be considered as a strong possibility when there is clustering of cases in a single family with on and off gastrointestinal symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea in a mustard oil consuming belt.


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  • Received : 19 Feb 2014
  • Accepted : 21 May 2014

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