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Adenosine-induced cardiopulmonary arrest in a patient with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19683134     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Adenosine is commonly used for the chemical termination of supraventricular tachycardia. In addition, even when it is ineffective as an agent of chemical cardioversion, it may slow the cardiac rate to allow an analysis of the underlying rhythm. Common adverse effects include facial flushing, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Major contraindications include heart blocks and known adenosine hypersensitivity. This case report illustrates an episode of cardiopulmonary arrest after adenosine administration and, to the authors' knowledge, is the first occurrence reported in the literature.
R Carlin Walsh; Kristen L Felice; Timothy J Meehan; Benjamin W Stull; Heather M Schumann; John L Zautcke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1532-8171     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-17     Completed Date:  2009-09-22     Revised Date:  2010-05-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309942     Medline TA:  Am J Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  901.e1-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 45267, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adenosine / administration & dosage,  adverse effects*
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / administration & dosage,  adverse effects*
Electric Countershock
Heart Arrest / chemically induced*,  therapy
Middle Aged
Tachycardia, Paroxysmal / drug therapy*
Tachycardia, Supraventricular / drug therapy*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Arrhythmia Agents; 58-61-7/Adenosine
Comment In:
Am J Emerg Med. 2010 May;28(4):526; author reply 526-7   [PMID:  20466244 ]

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