• Vol. 27 No. 2, 285–288
  • 15 March 1998

Ergotism and Vascular Insufficiency: A Case Report and Review of Literature



We report a case of ergot-induced peripheral vascular insufficiency of the lower limbs and review the vascular complications, angiographic findings and the different modalities of treatment. The following case report highlights the clinical features and course of ergot toxicity, and the difficulty in early diagnosis.

Toxicity from ergot and its derivative is well known. Great epidemics occurred during the middle ages due to consumption of rye contaminated with the fungus, Claviceps purpurea, which elaborates the ergot alkaloids.

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