GORDON G. BERGY, M.D.; EMILY B. FERGUS, M.D.; ROBERT A. BRUCE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The opportunity to observe myocardial and metabolic responses to massive digitoxin poisoning was recently afforded us by a patient who ingested 75 tablets of digitoxin with suicidal intent. The salient clinical and electrocardiographic manifestations of previously reported cases of poisoning from digitalis and related glycosides are summarized in table 1.1-5
In addition, another case, not reported in the literature, has been included through the kindness of Dr. Paul N. G. Yu, of Rochester, N. Y.6 Our case is presented to show serial electrocardiographic changes, metabolic responses and pathologic examination of the heart obtained at autopsy.
A 61 year
BERGY GG, FERGUS EB, BRUCE RA. ACUTE MASSIVE DIGITOXIN POISONING: REPORT OF A CASE AND REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE1. Ann Intern Med. ;46:964–976. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-46-5-964
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