Chronic lithium intoxication: Varying electrocardiogram manifestations

Raja Naga Mahesh Maddala, A. J. Ashwal, M. Sudhakar Rao, R. Padmakumar

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Abstract

Lithium is a commonly used drug in psychiatric practice. It is used in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. It has a narrow therapeutic index with documented adverse effects even near therapeutic levels. It has myriad of manifestations at toxic levels. The cardiovascular effects range from relatively benign ST-T wave changes to fatal arrhythmias. We describe a case of lithium toxicity which presented as a junctional rhythm and later showed a variety of manifestations such as complete heart block, atrial fibrillation, sinus bradycardia, and finally reverted to sinus rhythm at par with serum lithium levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-129
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Pharmacology
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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