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Torsades de pointes - a report of a case induced by caesium taken as a complementary medicine, and the literature review.
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PMID:  23489152     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Complementary medicines are commonly used by many patients. Caesium, a complementary therapy said to be of benefit for cancer treatment, has been associated with cardiac arrhythmias in the literature. We report a case of caesium-induced torsades de pointes and provide an evidence review. CASE SUMMARY: A 46-year-old woman with syncope experienced torsades de pointes and cardiac arrest. Upon admission her QTc was 620 ms. The patient had taken caesium carbonate 10 g daily for 1 month prior to admission. The patient was successfully resuscitated and discharged home after 35 days in hospital. WHAT IS NEW AND CONCLUSION: Ten cases of caesium-induced cardiac arrhythmias have previously been reported in the literature. Treatment strategies differed significantly among the cases. However, all patients recovered from the event. Complementary and alternative medicines should not be overlooked as a potential cause of serious adverse events.
F Young; J Bolt
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-3-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2710     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Pharm Ther     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-3-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8704308     Medline TA:  J Clin Pharm Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Surrey Memorial Hospital, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services, British Columbia, Canada.
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