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Challenges in Clinical Electrocardiography
April 5, 2021

Digoxin-Induced Bidirectional Ventricular Tachycardia in a Patient With Hypokalemia

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine–Bowling Green, Bowling Green
  • 2Preventive Cardiology and Vascular Medicine, Western Kentucky Heart and Lung, Bowling Green
JAMA Intern Med. 2021;181(6):850-852. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.0835

A patient in their late 70s with a history of metastatic colon cancer, coronary artery disease, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and long-term treatment with digoxin presented to the emergency department with septic shock and complications of acute respiratory failure that required endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation. During admission to the intensive care unit, the patient developed a tachyarrhythmia that was recorded on full disclosure telemetry (Figure, A). A baseline 12-lead electrocardiogram recorded previously in the emergency department is presented for comparison (Figure, B).

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