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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238581/a-spicy-status-synthetic-cannabinoid-spice-use-and-new-onset-refractory-status-epilepticus-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Marc-Alain Babi, Christopher P Robinson, Carolina B Maciel
Synthetic cannabinoids refer to a wide variety of chemicals engineered to bind cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) and mimic the effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocanabinol. The potential for severe toxicity and limited in vivo data make synthetic cannabinoid intake an important public health and safety concern. Neurologic toxidromes associated with their use include mental status changes, panic attacks, memory distortions, acute psychosis (e.g. paranoia, delusional thoughts), disorganized behavior, and suicidal and homicidal thoughts...
2017: SAGE Open Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214053/severe-carvedilol-toxicity-without-overdose-caution-in-cirrhosis
#2
Satish Maharaj, Karan Seegobin, Julio Perez-Downes, Belinda Bajric, Simone Chang, Pramod Reddy
Background: Carvedilol is used in the management of hypertension, ischemic heart disease, heart failure and most recently, portal hypertension. It has been associated with improved outcomes regarding variceal bleeding, hepatic decompensation and death when compared to propranolol and endoscopic band ligation. The main cause of portal hypertension is cirrhosis and therefore carvedilol is increasingly used in these patients. Due to its extensive hepatic metabolism, carvedilol is contraindicated in severe hepatic impairment...
2017: Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173782/new-psychoactive-substances-in-pediatric-patients
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REVIEW
Brandon J Warrick, Anita Paula Tataru, Roy Gerona
New psychoactive substances (NPS), namely cannabinoids, cathinones, and opioids, have surged in popularity among school-age children, resulting in serious morbidity and mortality globally. In the last decade, there has been a rapid evolution of NPS resulting in hundreds of new compounds. Little to no evidence for humans is available on most compounds. The clinical presentations of patients intoxicated with cannabinoids and cathinones are highly variable but most commonly present with a sympathomimetic toxidrome, for example, agitation, delirium, and tachycardia...
December 2017: Pediatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123359/reversal-of-opioid-induced-toxicity
#4
Shrenik P Ostwal, Naveen Salins, Jayita Deodhar
Opioids are commonly used for pain control in palliative care setting. Accumulation of active metabolites of opioids can cause a well-recognized toxidrome including respiratory depression (RD), decreased conscious level, pinpoint pupils, and drop in blood pressure. Opioid toxicity is often associated with amount ingested and its speed of absorption in the body. This can have life-threatening effects on various body systems. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that competitively binds to opioid receptors and reverses all their effects...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026772/lateral-medullary-syndrome-after-a-scorpion-sting
#5
Vineeth Varghese Thomas, Tina George, Ajay Kumar Mishra, Pavithra Mannam, I Ramya
Scorpion bites are a common problem in Southern parts of India. The sting of Mesobuthus tamulus belonging to the Buthidae family is known for being fatal. The toxidrome of scorpion sting is known for its effect on the cardiovascular system, and there have been rare reports of cerebrovascular accidents as well. We describe a case of lateral medullary syndrome secondary to scorpion sting. As per the knowledge of the authors, this is the first case report of the same.
January 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932601/the-role-of-sodium-bicarbonate-in-the-management-of-some-toxic-ingestions
#6
REVIEW
Aibek E Mirrakhimov, Taha Ayach, Aram Barbaryan, Goutham Talari, Romil Chadha, Adam Gray
Adverse reactions to commonly prescribed medications and to substances of abuse may result in severe toxicity associated with increased morbidity and mortality. According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2013, at least 2113 human fatalities attributed to poisonings occurred in the United States of America. In this article, we review the data regarding the impact of systemic sodium bicarbonate administration in the management of certain poisonings including sodium channel blocker toxicities, salicylate overdose, and ingestion of some toxic alcohols and in various pharmacological toxicities...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911989/u-47700-a-clinical-review-of-the-literature
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Kerry Anne Rambaran, Steven W Fleming, Jie An, Samantha Burkhart, Jakub Furmaga, Kurt C Kleinschmidt, A Michael Spiekerman, Saeed K Alzghari
BACKGROUND: U-47700 is a synthetic opioid developed by The Upjohn Company in the 1970s, which has recently appeared in the news and medical literature due to its toxicity. Currently, there are no clinical trial data assessing the safety of U-47700. OBJECTIVE: To describe the signs and symptoms of ingestion, laboratory testing, and treatment modalities for U-47700 intoxication. DISCUSSION: We searched PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and EBSCO for articles using the term "U-47700" and "47700...
October 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895757/intoxications-in-the-strida-project-involving-a-panorama-of-psychostimulant-pyrovalerone-derivatives-mdpv-copycats
#8
Olof Beck, Matilda Bäckberg, Patrick Signell, Anders Helander
CONTEXT: An increasing number of new psychoactive substances (NPS) of different chemical classes have become available through marketing and sale over the Internet. This report from the Swedish STRIDA project presents the prevalence, laboratory results, and clinical features in intoxications involving 11 stimulant pyrovalerone NPS derivatives over a 5-year period. STUDY DESIGN: Case series of consecutive patients with admitted or suspected intake of NPS presenting to Swedish hospitals for emergency treatment from January 2011 to March 2016...
September 12, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800806/toxicologic-emergencies-in-patients-with-mental-illness-when-medications-are-no-longer-your-friends
#9
REVIEW
Spencer Greene, Erin AufderHeide, Lindsay French-Rosas
Patients with psychiatric disorders are at risk for toxicologic emergencies. Psychotropic medications have numerous effects on the neurologic, cardiac, and other organ systems and interact with other medications, potentially leading to further side effects. It is important to become familiar with accepted psychiatric practice guidelines, common toxidromes, medical sequelae associated with prescribed medications, and the specific workup and treatment of overdoses of frequently prescribed psychotropics.
September 2017: Psychiatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797572/hyperosmolar-metabolic-acidosis-in-burn-patients-exposed-to-glycol-based-topical-antimicrobials-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Tom Leibson, Paige Davies, Cheri Nickel, Gideon Koren
BACKGROUND: The well documented susceptibility of burn patients to acquired infections via damaged skin mandates application of antimicrobial agents. These agents are dissolved in various vehicles that augment skin absorption thus allowing greater efficacy. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and Propylene glycol (PropG) are among the most commonly used vehicles, and both have been used in numerous medications and cosmetic products over the past few decades. Rarely, burn patients treated with agents containing these glycols present with a life threatening systemic toxidrome of hyperosmolar metabolic acidosis...
August 7, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794966/synthetic-cannabinoid-induced-acute-respiratory-depression-case-series-and-literature-review
#11
Mark Henry Alon, Margaret Olibrice Saint-Fleur
Synthetic Cannabinoids are a street drug that is widely attainable and cheap compared to natural cannabis, and has variable potency and unpredictable effects with no commercially available diagnostic test to confirm its presence. Similar to natural cannabis, Synthetic Cannabinoid intoxication can present in several ways with the most common emergency room presentations to be of neurologic and psychiatric manifestation. The respiratory depressive effect of Synthetic Cannabinoids has not been well documented in medical literature...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756934/postoperative-anticholinergic-poisoning-concealed-complications-of-a-commonly-used-medication
#12
Xiao Chi Zhang, Natalija Farrell, Thomas Haronian, Jason Hack
BACKGROUND: Scopolamine is a potent anticholinergic compound used commonly for the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting. Scopolamine can cause atypical anticholinergic syndromes due to its prominent central antimuscarinic effects. CASE REPORT: A 47-year-old female presented to the emergency department (ED) 20 h after hospital discharge for a right-knee meniscectomy, with altered mental status (AMS) and dystonic extremity movements that began 12 h after her procedure...
October 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703024/safety-and-effectiveness-of-physostigmine-a-10-year-retrospective-review
#13
Ann M Arens, Krishna Shah, Suad Al-Abri, Kent R Olson, Tom Kearney
BACKGROUND: Physostigmine has long been recognized as an antidote to reverse anticholinergic delirium. However, its effectiveness, safety profile, and dosing have been disputed. OBJECTIVES: To describe effectiveness, adverse events, and dosing associated with the use of physostigmine to reverse anticholinergic delirium. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of hospitalized patients reported to a regional poison center system between 2003 and 2012 who received physostigmine to reverse an anticholinergic toxidrome...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617194/impact-of-online-toxicology-training-on-health-professionals-the-global-educational-toxicology-uniting-project-getup
#14
Anselm Wong, Rais Vohra, Andrew H Dawson, Andrew Stolbach
OBJECTIVE: The Global Educational Toxicology Uniting Project (GETUP), supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology, links countries with and without toxicology services via distance education with the aim to improve education. Due to the lack of toxicology services in some countries there is a knowledge gap in the management of poisonings. We describe our experience with the worldwide delivery of an online introductory toxicology curriculum to emergency doctors and other health professionals treating poisoned patients...
November 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601133/assessment-and-management-of-toxidromes-in-the-critical-care-unit
#15
REVIEW
J J Rasimas, Courtney M Sinclair
The most important diagnostic factor in uncovering a toxic etiology for delirium or critical illness is the clinician's openness to the possibility of its existence. Therefore, a consulting psychiatrist, already prepared to perform the detail-oriented work of sorting out behavioral manifestations of disease, can be a vital asset at the bedside if also attuned to the role of purposeful, accidental, and iatrogenic exposures in the intensive care unit. This article summarizes the presentation, evaluation, and treatment of toxidromes relevant to the work of acute psychosomatic medicine...
July 2017: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590391/misuse-of-novel-synthetic-opioids-a-deadly-new-trend
#16
Matthew P Prekupec, Peter A Mansky, Michael H Baumann
: Novel synthetic opioids (NSOs) include various analogs of fentanyl and newly emerging non-fentanyl compounds. Together with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), these drugs have caused a recent spike in overdose deaths, whereas deaths from prescription opioids have stabilized. NSOs are used as stand-alone products, as adulterants in heroin, or as constituents of counterfeit prescription medications. During 2015 alone, there were 9580 deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone. Most of these fatalities were associated with IMF rather than diverted pharmaceutical fentanyl...
July 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574912/we-can-not-compartmentalize-our-patients-overlapping-symptoms-of-iatrogenic-withdrawal-syndrome-pediatric-delirium-and-anticholinergic-toxidrome
#17
Erwin Ista, Monique van Dijk
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546460/common-toxidromes-in-movement-disorder-neurology
#18
REVIEW
N Malek, M R Baker
BACKGROUND: Physicians can come across patients who are exposed to certain prescription drugs or toxins that can result in adverse effects and complications which have high rates of morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: To summarise the key clinical features and management of the common movement disorder toxidromes relevant to physicians (with an interest in neurology). METHODS: We searched PUBMED from 1946 to 2016 for papers relating to movement toxidromes and their treatment...
June 2017: Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491929/dexmedetomidine-as-an-adjunct-to-treat-anticholinergic-toxidrome-in-children
#19
Krista Cowan, Rebecca A Landman, Arun Saini
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459969/reports-of-adverse-events-associated-with-use-of-novel-psychoactive-substances-2013-2016-a-review
#20
Barry K Logan, Amanda L A Mohr, Melissa Friscia, Alex J Krotulski, Donna M Papsun, Sherri L Kacinko, Jeri D Ropero-Miller, Marilyn A Huestis
Novel psychoactive substances (NPS) represent significant analytical and interpretive challenges to forensic and clinical toxicologists. Timely access to case reports and reports of adverse incidents of impairment or toxicity is imperative to clinical diagnosis and treatment, as well as to interpretation of forensic results. Delays in identifying the presence of a novel intoxicating agent have significant consequences for public health and public safety. Adverse effects of intoxications with novel cannabinoids, stimulants, hallucinogens, benzodiazepines and opioids spanning January 2013 through December 2016 as reported in emergency departments, death investigations, impaired driving cases and other forensic contexts are the subject of this review...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
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