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Recurrent atrial fibrillation in a patient with ulcerative colitis treated with azathioprine: case report and review of the literature.
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PMID:  21496410     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We present a clinical case report regarding recurrent atrial fibrillation in a patient with ulcerative colitis treated with azathioprine. Atrial fibrillation represents the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia, occurring in 1-2% of the general population and characterized by seemingly disorganized atrial depolarizations without effective atrial contraction. Several mechanisms determine this arrhythmia; in particular remodelling (structural, mechanical and electrical alteration related to atrial fibrillation). The pro-arrhythmic effect of azathioprine may be evaluated during immunosuppressive therapy to be aware of this serious but reversible adverse effect.
Authors:
G Riccioni; V Bucciarelli; E Di Ilio; L Scotti; A Aceto; N D X0027 Orazio; F Martini; T Bucciarelli
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of immunopathology and pharmacology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0394-6320     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:    2011 January-March
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-4-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8911335     Medline TA:  Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  247-249     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Cardiology Unit, San Camillo De Lellis Hospital, Manfredonia, Foggia, Italy.
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