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Vitamin A Intoxication from Reef Fish Liver Consumptionin Bermuda

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We report three historical cases of severe vitamin A intoxication in anglers who had consumed reef fish liver caught in Bermuda. The subsequent analyses of 35 fish livers from seven different fish species revealed that very high concentrations of vitamin A exist in tropical fish liver, even in noncarnivorous fish species. Large variations in concentrations were observed between specimens and between species. The angling population and (especially) pregnant women should be advised of this potential health threat.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec, 2875 Boulevarde Laurier, Québec, Canada G1V 2M2 2: Department of Conservation Services, Shorelands, 17 North Shore Road, Hamilton Parish, FL 03 Bermuda 3: Emergency Services, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, 7 Finger Point Road, Paget, DV 04 Bermuda 4: 30 Kings Point Road, Somerset, MA O2, Bermuda

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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