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Lathyrism: A condition caused by eating certain legumes from the Lathyrus genus of plants. Some of the spacies involved are Lathyrus sativa, cicera, ochrus and clymenum. The chemicals within the legumes of these plants are toxic to the nerves. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Lathyrism is available below.
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Prognosis for Lathyrism: The leg weakness is often irreversible.
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A paralytic condition of the legs caused by ingestion of lathyrogens, especially beta-aminopropionitrile, found in the seeds of plants of the genus Lathyrus (see FABACEAE). - (Source - Diseases Database)
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