Year: 1990 Source: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, v.20, no.2, (1990), p.173-179 SIEC No: 19910638

A 28-yr-old presented emergently after ingesting 800 mg of potassium cyanide in a suicide attempt. He survived only with intensive medical & psychiatric intervention & went on to develop severe Parkinsonian symptoms, including profound micrographia & hypersalivation. Bilateral, symmetrical basal ganglial abnormalities were demonstrated with magnetic resonance imaging. Survival following cyanide poisoning is rare. The clinical, radiologic & neuropathologic sequelae in other cases are reviewed.