Severe Hypotension due to the Use of Bretylium for Postcardiotomy Ventricular Arrhythmias

Irving L. Kron, Stanton P. Nolan

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Abstract

We describe three patients who developed refractory hypotension after the administration of bretylium tosylate for postoperative ventricular ectopy. In one patient, the administration of vasopressors and fluid restored the blood pressure, but in the other two patients these measures failed, necessitating open-heart cardiac massage. The hemodynamic effects of bretylium are unpredictable; therefore, this drug should be used cautiously in the treatment of postcardiotomy ventricular arrhythmias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-273
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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