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Clinical, Electrocardiographic, and Laboratory Findings in Children With Amitriptyline Intoxication.
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PMID:  19262418     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND:: Amitriptyline is one of the major tricyclic antidepressants, and the data on amitriptyline poisoning in children are limited. OBJECTIVES:: To present our experiences with amitriptyline poisoning in children, particularly with regard to its effects on electrocardiogram (ECG) and relation with clinical status. METHODS:: Clinical, laboratory, and electrocardiographic findings in 52 children admitted with amitriptyline poisoning were reviewed. Patients were divided into 2 groups according to age, as 6 years or younger (group A) and older than 6 years (group B). RESULTS:: Mean age was 4.6 +/- 3.0 years. Thirty-one patients were male, and 41 were 6 years or younger. Ingested amitriptyline dose was known in 23 patients (range, 2.3 mg/kg-27 mg/kg). The most frequent findings were lethargy (76.9%), sinus tachycardia (57.7%), and coma (48.1%). Four patients had a history of convulsion. The most common laboratory abnormalities were hyponatremia (26.9%) and leukocytosis (25%). Elevated transaminase levels were observed in 4 patients. In ECG, 11 (22.4%) patients had QTc prolongation and in 4 (8.2%) of them, it was significant. In 4 patients (8.2%), the QRS duration was 100 ms or longer and in 15 patients, the R wave in aVR was 3 mm or longer. The frequencies of clinical, laboratory, and electrocardiographic findings were similar between the 2 age groups (P > 0.05). No clinically apparent arrhythmias were observed. The positive predictive value of a widened QRS was 100% in terms of coma. None of the patients with an R wave in aVR of less than 3 mm developed convulsion; thus, the negative predictive value of an R wave in aVR of 3 mm or longer was 100% in terms of convulsion. CONCLUSIONS:: Amitriptyline poisoning may result in severe toxicity. Frequencies of clinical, laboratory, and ECG findings were similar in the 2 age groups. Amitriptyline overdose results in some ECG changes that can possibly help to predict the results of poisoning. Absence of an R wave in aVR of 3 mm or longer predicts seizures with a high negative predictive value, and a QRS duration of 100 or longer ms predicts coma with a high positive predictive value.
Haşim Olgun; Zuhal Keskin Yldrm; Mehmet Karacan; Naci Ceviz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2009-2-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric emergency care     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1535-1815     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
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Created Date:  2009-3-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8507560     Medline TA:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the *Division of Pediatric Cardiology and, daggerDepartment of Pediatrics, Ataturk University, Faculty of Medicine, Erzurum, Turkey.
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