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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2005 August;164(4)

Copyright © 2005 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Azithromycin-induced QT prolongation in elderly patient

Russo V., Puzio G. F., Siniscalchi N.

Department of Internal Medicine and Aging Disease, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy


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The authors present a case of an elderly patient with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy who developed a significative prolongation of the QT interval after 2 days of treatment with azithromycin for a community-acquired pneumonia. QT prolongation is associated with a high risk of serious ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Three days after discontinuation of azithromycin, QT interval returned to the normal value.

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