Terpene Toxicity Clinical Presentation

Updated: Apr 29, 2023
  • Author: John Said Kashani, DO; Chief Editor: Asim Tarabar, MD  more...
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Elicit the exact substance that the patient was exposed to, and the time of exposure. The concentration of terpene in the substance should be noted. [13]

Toxicity may first present as nausea and vomiting. In severe ingestions, seizures have been reported; they are often single and self-limited. [14, 15]


Physical Examination

Respiratory manifestations from aspiration may occur early. A careful examination of the chest and lungs is essential. Central nervous system depression may occur early after the ingestion of a concentrated product or large ingestion.

Seizures may occur early in exposure and tend to be single and self-limited.

Cardiac arrhythmias have been reported; however, vital signs are usually normal.