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Cardiac arrest: a late complication of glucose-insulin-potassium (GIK) therapy.
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PMID:  16610994     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Rebound hyperkalaemia 4 hours after discontinuation of a glucose-insulin-potassium infusion inhibited an already compromised conduction system leading to ventricular standstill in a 41 year old man after re-do aortic valve surgery. Resuscitation was successful and allowed him to return from Australia to his home on Christmas Island. Glucose-insulin-potassium (GIK) infusions to reduce myocardial hypo-/re-perfusion injury after myocardial infarction, during coronary artery surgery and cardiopulmonary bypass are becoming more popular. There may also be a role for GIK in the treatment of refractory dysrhythmias and for myocardial protection in the brain-dead patient. However, these infusions are not without hazard and this report of rebound hyperkalaemia and cardiac arrest is unlikely to remain isolated.
D Simes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical care and resuscitation : journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1441-2772     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit Care Resusc     Publication Date:  2001 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-13     Completed Date:  2007-06-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888170     Medline TA:  Crit Care Resusc     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  101-4     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, WA, Australia.
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