Vol 60, No 4 (2004)
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Published online: 2005-12-12
Submitted: 2012-12-28
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Amiodarone-induced torsade de pointes - five case reports

Piotr Kukla, Teresa Słowiak-Lewińska
Kardiol Pol 2004;60(4):365-370.
Vol 60, No 4 (2004)
Other
Published online: 2005-12-12
Submitted: 2012-12-28

Abstract

Abstract: Five patients with amiodarone-induced QT prolongation and torsade de pointes are described. Hypokalemia was present in three patients, marked bradycardia - in two, and T-wave alternans - also in two patients. Patients with negative T waves in precordial leads were at higher risk of ventricular fibrillation than the patients with positive T waves. Beta-blocker, lidocaine and, in two patients, tosylate bretylate were effective. All patients survived to hospital discharge, however, one patient died four months later.

Abstract

Abstract: Five patients with amiodarone-induced QT prolongation and torsade de pointes are described. Hypokalemia was present in three patients, marked bradycardia - in two, and T-wave alternans - also in two patients. Patients with negative T waves in precordial leads were at higher risk of ventricular fibrillation than the patients with positive T waves. Beta-blocker, lidocaine and, in two patients, tosylate bretylate were effective. All patients survived to hospital discharge, however, one patient died four months later.
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Keywords

amiodarone - torsade de pointes

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Title

Amiodarone-induced torsade de pointes - five case reports

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 60, No 4 (2004)

Pages

365-370

Published online

2005-12-12

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2004;60(4):365-370.

Keywords

amiodarone - torsade de pointes

Authors

Piotr Kukla
Teresa Słowiak-Lewińska

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