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Tapioca poisoning: Tapioca is a shrubby plant which bears inconspicuous flowers. The tubers contain chemicals (cyanogenic glycosides) which are turned into cyanide by the digestive process. Ingestion of the raw roots of this plant can result in death if sufficient quantities are eaten. The tubers are edible if they are boiled first. Toxicity varies within the species depending on growing conditions and other factors. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Tapioca poisoning is available below.
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Prognosis for Tapioca poisoning: Varies depending on the amount ingested and the toxicity of the plant. Eating smaller amounts regularly can result in chronic cyanide poisoning which leads to cretinism, goiter and ataxic neuropathy.
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