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Acute Atrial Fibrillation as an Unusual Form of Cardiotoxicity in Chronic Lithium Overdose


Lithium overdose primarily results in neurologic toxicity; however a number of important cardiac side effects have previously been reported, including nonspecific T-wave changes, ST-segment changes, QTc prolongation, sinus node dysfunction, atriyoventricular blocks  and ventricular dysrhythmias. Atrial fibrillation as a result of such toxicity is very uncommon. The current paper describes a patient who developed acute atrial fibrillation due to chronic lithium overdose.

Credits: Macit Kalcik,MD; M.Ozan Gursoy, MD; Nursen Keles,MD; Mahmut Yesin, MD; Lutfi Ocal,MD; Hayati Eren, MD; Mehmet Özkan, MD



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