Title

Acute on Chronic Theophylline Toxicity in an Elderly Patient

Division

North Florida

Hospital

Osceola

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date

2-22-2021

Keywords

theophylline, toxicity, wide-complex tachycardia, drug-related side effects and adverse reactions

Disciplines

Cardiology | Internal Medicine | Nephrology

Abstract

Theophylline toxicity has become rare in the 21st century, as the drug has fallen out of favor due to serious life-threatening adverse events, narrow therapeutic window and readily available therapeutic alternatives. The wide array of clinical symptoms related to theophylline toxicity makes this diagnosis challenging for the treating physician. We report a case of an elderly gentleman who presented with respiratory failure and seizures due to severe theophylline toxicity.

Publisher or Conference

Cureus

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