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01.05.2015 | Kasuistiken

A case of lithium toxicity with significant QT interval prolongation

verfasst von: MD Dr. med. T.K. Becker, MD H. Hariri

Erschienen in: Notfall + Rettungsmedizin | Ausgabe 3/2015

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Abstract

Background

Lithium toxicity has been associated with electrocardiographic abnormalities, such as QT interval prolongation.

Case report

An unresponsive patient with a history of alcohol abuse and recently diagnosed bipolar disorder was brought to the emergency department. An elevated lithium level of 4.7 mmol/L was found. The corrected QT interval was significantly prolonged at 727 ms. The patient was dialyzed and recovered fully.

Discussion

This case illustrates the importance of a systematic evaluation of all patients who may have been exposed to a toxic ingestion.
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Metadaten
Titel
A case of lithium toxicity with significant QT interval prolongation
verfasst von
MD Dr. med. T.K. Becker
MD H. Hariri
Publikationsdatum
01.05.2015
Verlag
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Erschienen in
Notfall + Rettungsmedizin / Ausgabe 3/2015
Print ISSN: 1434-6222
Elektronische ISSN: 1436-0578
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10049-015-0008-x