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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2018, Article ID 3452691, 3 pages
Case Report

Acute Intoxication following Dimethyltryptamine Ingestion

1Salina Regional Health Center, 400 S Santa Fe Avenue, Salina, KS 67401, USA
2University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642, USA
3Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, 1201 Pleasant Valley Road, Owensboro, KY 42303, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Matthew H. Bilhimer; moc.liamg@remihlibhm

Received 7 July 2017; Revised 15 January 2018; Accepted 16 January 2018; Published 27 February 2018

Academic Editor: Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos

Copyright © 2018 Matthew H. Bilhimer et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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