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Br J Ophthalmol 82:584 doi:10.1136/bjo.82.5.e584
  • Letter to the Editor

Anaphylactic shock after a single oral intake of acetazolamide

  1. N TZANAKIS,
  2. G METZIDAKI
  1. Department of Thoracic Medicine, School University of Crete, Greece
  2. Department of Pharmacology, Medical School University of Crete, Greece
  3. Department of Thoracic Medicine, School University of Crete, Greece
  • Accepted 9 December 1997
  1. K THERMOS,
  2. CH SPYRAKI
  1. Department of Thoracic Medicine, School University of Crete, Greece
  2. Department of Pharmacology, Medical School University of Crete, Greece
  3. Department of Thoracic Medicine, School University of Crete, Greece
  • Accepted 9 December 1997
  1. D BOUROS
  1. Department of Thoracic Medicine, School University of Crete, Greece
  2. Department of Pharmacology, Medical School University of Crete, Greece
  3. Department of Thoracic Medicine, School University of Crete, Greece
  1. Dr N Tzanakis, Department of Thoracic Medicine, University Hospital of Heraklion, PO Box 1352, 71110 Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
  • Accepted 9 December 1997

Editor,—We encountered a case of serious anaphylactic shock caused by a single oral intake of acetazolamide, a frequent used medication by several medical specialties especially in ophthalmology.

CASE REPORT

A 70 year old man was admitted to our emergency department presenting symptoms and signs of shock. The patient had successfully undergone surgery for cataract under local anaesthesia. Five hours after the end of the operation a tablet of acetazolamide 250 mg was given in order to control his postoperative intraocular pressure. Half an hour later he complained of nausea, became cyanotic, …

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