Organophosphate poisoning presenting as out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A clinical challenge

Huey Shiuen Kuo, Chih Chieh Yen, Chun I. Wu, Yi Heng Li, Ju Yi Chen

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Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remains a challenge for physicians since effective management and definitive salvage depend upon correct determination of the etiology and the extent of injury. Definitive diagnosis of organophosphate poisoning (OP) requires physicians’ clinical awareness of a typical toxidrome, that is, characteristic signs and symptoms of poisoning, and laboratory confirmation. Here we report a case of an OHCA patient with OP, which was initially misdiagnosed as an acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction based on the patient's medical history and clinical manifestations. <Learning objective: Organophospate poisoning is associated with an increasing mortality with widely used pesticides in the developing world. Differential diagnosis of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest should include such etiology that can be reversed by early intervention.>

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-21
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiology Cases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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