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Torsade de pointes in a patient with acute prolonged QT syndrome and poorly controlled diabetes during sevoflurane anaesthesia

Departments of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville, South Australia, Australia


We report a case of torsade de pointes secondary to acute QT interval prolongation in a patient with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus towards the end of a laparoscopic nephrectomy under sevoflurane anaesthesia. The patient was successfully resuscitated and made a complete recovery. Our case suggests that acute QT interval prolongation should be considered in any patient with poor glycaemic control during prolonged procedures.

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