Torsades De Pointes in the PACU After Outpatient Endoscopy

A Case Report

Andrew Schaar; Mark Liu; Michael Patzkowski


BMC Anesthesiol. 2021;21(302) 

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Profound hypokalemia and long QT syndrome are rare yet potentially life threatening abnormalities. They become even more significant when discovered postoperatively in a patient after a common outpatient procedure such as an endoscopy. Severe hypokalemia requires a high index of suspicion for diagnosis and prompt repletion to avoid further sequelae whereas long QT syndrome may be congenital or acquired and may lead to sudden cardiac death. Written HIPAA consent has been obtained from the patient and is available for review.