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Disulfiram--alcohol reaction mimicking an acute coronary syndrome.
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PMID:  24741856     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Disulfiram treatment for alcohol dependence is used with acceptable outcomes. By inhibiting the aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme, this treatment increases acetaldehyde concentration after the ingestion of alcohol causing an unpleasant disulfiram-alcohol reaction. Typical symptoms include flushing, headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating, vertigo, and lightheadedness. However, there have also been descriptions of more serious reactions including severe hypotension, arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, and cardiovascular collapse. We report a patient with a severe disulfiram-alcohol reaction marked by flushing, confusion, generalized malaise, epigastric pain, and hypotension. Cardiac biomarker and electrocardiographic changes were suggestive of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). Left heart catheterization showed no angiographic evidence of coronary artery disease. Because of the frequency of alcohol dependence and its treatment with disulfiram, it is critical for physicians to be aware of these types of life-threatening complications.
Tomas Amuchastegui; Marcos Amuchastegui; Thomas Donohue
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Connecticut medicine     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0010-6178     ISO Abbreviation:  Conn Med     Publication Date:  2014 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-04-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372745     Medline TA:  Conn Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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