Mycetism: A Review of the Recent Literature.

Journal of medical toxicology : official journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology

PubMedID: 24573533

Graeme KA. Mycetism: A Review of the Recent Literature. J Med Toxicol. 2014;.
Approximately 100 of the known species of mushrooms are poisonous to humans. New toxic mushroom species continue to be identified. Some species initially classified as edible are later reclassified as toxic. This results in a continually expanding list of toxic mushrooms. As new toxic species are identified, some classic teachings about mycetism no longer hold true. As more toxic mushrooms are identified and more toxic syndromes are reported, older classification systems fail to effectively accommodate mycetism. This review provides an update of myscetism and classifies mushroom poisonings by the primary organ system affected, permitting expansion, as new, toxic mushroom species are discovered.