'Natural' remedy is Cardiotoxic. (Clinical Capsules).
The 62-year-old patient, who had no personal or family history of cardiovascular problems, was hospitalized for recurrent syncope. The first episode had occurred during intravenous cesium treatment (2,000 mg four times a day for 2 weeks), with recurrences over the ensuing 2 months when he was taking 1,000-mg cesium capsules three times daily.
On admission, the patient showed a prolonged QT interval, ventricular ectopic beats, and runs of torsades de pointes tachycardia. The man agreed to stop taking cesium, and 6 months later the cardiac abnormalities and syncope had resolved, the investigators said in a letter to the editor (New Engl. J. Med. 346:383, 2002).
"This report underscores the importance of clinical caution in the use of naturopathic medicinal therapies," they noted.
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|Title Annotation:||cesium chloride|
|Author:||Moon, Mary Ann|
|Publication:||Internal Medicine News|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 15, 2002|
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