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Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 235–238 | Cite as

Hypocalcemia Presenting as Life Threatening Torsades de Pointes with Prolongation of QTc Interval

  • Shibba Takkar Chhabra
  • Shivani Mehta
  • Sandeep Chhabra
  • Manikant Singla
  • Naved Aslam
  • Bishav Mohan
  • Gurpreet Singh Wander
Case Report

Abstract

Torsades de pointes with prolonged QTc interval is a form of ventricular tachycardia. Many predisposing factors have been identified and hypocalcemia is among the rare ones. Our case illustrates that though rare, hypocalcemia might manifest as torsades de pointes with prolongation of QTc interval. Early diagnosis and management of dyselectrolytemia can prevent these patients from catastrophic torsades de pointes.

Keywords

Hypocalcemia QTc interval prolongation Torsades de pointes 

Abbreviations

DC

Direct current

BP

Blood pressure

ECG

Electrocardiogram

HR

Heart rate

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shibba Takkar Chhabra
    • 1
  • Shivani Mehta
    • 2
  • Sandeep Chhabra
    • 3
  • Manikant Singla
    • 4
  • Naved Aslam
    • 1
  • Bishav Mohan
    • 1
  • Gurpreet Singh Wander
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CardiologyDayanand Medical College and HospitalLudhianaIndia
  2. 2.Dayanand Medical College and HospitalLudhianaIndia
  3. 3.Department of MedicineDayanand Medical College and HospitalLudhianaIndia
  4. 4.Department of EndocrinologyDayanand Medical College and HospitalLudhianaIndia

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