HENRY J. L. MARRIOTT, M.D.
Regitine is generally considered safe for intravenous administration. A recent review by high authorities reiterates that its administration is followed by "no hazardous pressor responses when the patient has essential hypertension."1 It seems timely therefore to report an alarming reaction recently observed.
The patient was a 53 year old Negro woman whose presenting complaint was precordial pain of anginal type. Her blood pressure was found to be 290/140 mm. of Hg, without pulsus alternans. Eyegrounds showed grade 2 changes. Arterial
pulsation in the neck was marked but there was no venous distention. Premature ventricular beats were frequent, and
MARRIOTT HJL. AN ALARMING PRESSOR REACTION TO REGITINE1. Ann Intern Med. ;46:1001–1002. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-46-5-1001
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;46(5):1001-1002.
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