KENNETH L. BECKER; ALTON I. SUTNICK
In recent years pentolinium tartrate has become one of the most widely used drugs in the treatment of severe hypertension. The case described below illustrates dramatically a side effect of this drug, ileus mimicking acute intestinal obstruction, a result of pentolinium-induced parasympatholysis.
The patient was a 58-year-old white retired Army officer with known hypertension of eight years' duration. Two years prior to admission he had noticed the onset of intermittent claudication, occasional nosebleeds, dyspnea on effort, orthopnea, and occasional angina. At one time he experienced a sudden coldness of his left leg lasting several hours. He had nocturia
BECKER KL, SUTNICK AI. PARALYTIC ILEUS SIMULATING ACUTE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION DUE TO PENTOLINIUM TARTRATE (ANSOLYSEN)1. Ann Intern Med. ;54:313–319. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-54-2-313
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(2):313-319.
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