Indexed on: 25 Nov '06Published on: 25 Nov '06Published in: Resuscitation
To report the management of cardiovascular failure refractory to standard catecholamine therapy with terlipressin in a patient with tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) intoxication.A 41-year-old woman, with suicidal ingestion of 11.25 g amitriptyline and 1500 mg diclofenac, was admitted to the emergency department. After 30 min in ventricular fibrillation, with ongoing CPR, she regained a potentially perfusing rhythm, but with hypotension refractory to standard catecholamine therapy with adrenaline, 2 microg/kg/min (norepinephrine); adrenaline, 1 microg/kg/min (epinephrine) until 55 min after admission. An injection of 1 mg terlipressin restored mean arterial blood pressure >65 mmHg within 10 min. Ten hours after admission to the intensive care unit, catecholamine support could be withdrawn because of a stable haemodynamic state. Within 7 days, all organ function recovered, and the patient regained full neurological function.Successful management of cardiovascular failure with terlipressin after TCA intoxication refractory to catecholamines suggests a potential role for terlipressin as an adjunct vasopressor in severely hypotensive patients.