The Use of Extracorporeal Life Support in a Patient Suffering from Venlafaxine Intoxication. A Case Report

Christoph Marquetand*, Harald F. Langer, Jan Philipp Klein, Tobias Graf

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    Very few reports exist on serious cardiac complications associated with intake of serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors. This paper describes and discusses the case of a patient who ingested a dose of 17.5 g venlafaxine. She developed a full serotonergic syndrome leading to multi-organ failure, including refractory cardiovascular shock, which was managed by early implantation of an extracorporeal life support (ECLS) system as a bridging strategy. This intervention was successful and resulted in full recovery of the patient.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Critical Care Medicine
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)120-123
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 01.04.2020

    Research Areas and Centers

    • Centers: Cardiological Center Luebeck (UHZL)

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