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Ventricular tachycardia after ingestion of ayurveda herbal antidiarrheal medication containing aconitum.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20142579     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ayurveda is an East Indian tradition involving the treatment of medical ailments through the use of herbal medications. A previously asymptomatic 62-year-old man with a history of hypertension and stable coronary artery disease developed paresthesias and fascicular and ventricular tachycardia after ingestion of an Ayurveda bowel regimen containing substrates from the Aconitum species, which is a known neurotoxin and cardiotoxin. Findings of electrophysiologic study and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging were within normal limits, pointing to the ingestion of Aconitum as the most likely source of his arrhythmia.
Pavittarpaul Dhesi; Rita Ng; Michael M Shehata; Prediman K Shah
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of internal medicine     Volume:  170     ISSN:  1538-3679     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-09     Completed Date:  2010-03-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372440     Medline TA:  Arch Intern Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  303-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aconitum / adverse effects*
Amiodarone / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Diarrhea / drug therapy*
Follow-Up Studies
Infusions, Intravenous
Middle Aged
Phytotherapy / adverse effects*
Plant Preparations / adverse effects*,  therapeutic use
Tachycardia, Ventricular / chemically induced*,  diagnosis,  physiopathology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Arrhythmia Agents; 0/Plant Preparations; 1951-25-3/Amiodarone

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