Nearly fatal idiopathic anaphylactic reaction resulting in cardiovascular collapse and myocardial infarction

S. Wong, P. A. Greenberger*, R. Patterson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We report a case of nearly fatal cardiovascular collapse attributable to an idiopathic anaphylactic reaction in a 76-year-old man. The event began with gastrointestinal symptoms of abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting as manifestations of IA. The patient subsequently progressed to develop urticaria, flushing, cardiovascular symptoms of chest pain, hypotension, and eventually cardiovascular collapse and myocardial infarction over a five-hour interval. This case emphasizes that the potential for life-threatening cardiovascular events from IA exists in patients without previously defined cardiac risk factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-503
Number of pages3
JournalCHEST
Volume98
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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