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Juniper tar (cade oil) is distilled from the branches and wood of Juniperus oxycedrus. It contains etheric oils, triterpene and phenols, used for many purposes in folk medicine. The authors report a case of a previously healthy new born treated with a topical application of Juniperus oxycedrus for atopic dermatosis The poisoning caused convulsions, collapsus, acute pulmonary oedema, renal failure and hepatotoxicity. The newborn survived after supportive and symptomatic treatment, and discharged in a good condition on the eleventh day of hospitalisation in intensive care unit.


Sanae Achour, Sana Abourazzak, Abdelrhani Mokhtari, Abdelmjid Soulaymani, Rachida Soulaymani, Moustapha Hida. Juniper tar (cade oil) poisoning in new born after a cutaneous application. BMJ case reports. 2011;2011

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