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Rev. Bras. Anestesiol. vol.59 no.2 Campinas Mar./Apr. 2009
Second degree atrioventricular block Mobitz type I after administration of benzathine penicillin. Case report*
Bloqueo atrioventricular de 2º grado tipo Mobitz I después de la aplicación de penicilina benzatina. Relato de caso
Lúcia de Sousa BelémI; Cristiano Aparecido Cavalcante InácioII
- Residência em Cardiologia
IIAcadêmico de Medicina da Universidade Estadual do Ceará
OBJECTIVES: Second degree atrioventricular block Mobitz type I is seen as
a transitory change in the presence of inferior wall myocardial infarction or
drug intoxication. The objective of this report was to present a case of second
degree atrioventricular block Mobitz type I after administration of benzathine
CASE REPORT: The patient had a syncopal episode and sudoresis after administration of benzathine penicillin. On physical exam, he presented diaphoresis, bradycardia, and irregular heart rate. The electrocardiogram (ECG) showed second degree atrioventricular block Mobitz type I. Intravenous atropine, 0.5 mg, was administered. An ECG done one hour later was normal. The patient remained asymptomatic and, and after six hours he was discharged.
CONCLUSIONS: The patient developed second degree atrioventricular block Mobitz type I after the administration of benzathine penicillin.
Key words: COMPLICATIONS, Cardiac: arrhythmia, atrioventricular block; DRUGS: benzathine penicillin.
Y OBJETIVOS: El bloqueo atrioventricular de 2° grado del tipo I de Mobitz
es observado como una alteración transitoria en la presencia de infarto
de la pared inferior o de intoxicación medicamentosa. El objetivo de
este relato fue presentar un caso de bloqueo atrioventricular de 2° grado
tipo I de Mobitz después de la aplicación de penicilina benzatina.
RELATO DEL CASO: Paciente que presentó síncope y sudoración después de la aplicación de penicilina benzatina. En el examen físico sudaba, estaba bradicárdico y con ritmo irregular. Fue realizado el electrocardiograma (ECG) que mostraba un bloqueo atrioventricular de 2° del tipo I de Mobitz. Se le administró atropina 0,5 mg por vía venosa. Después de una hora, fue repetido el ECG que presentaba un trazado normal. El paciente permaneció seis horas asintomático y entonces recibió el alta.
CONCLUSIONES: El bloqueo atrioventricular de 2° grado del tipo I de Mobitz surgió después de la aplicación de la penicilina benzatina.
Second-degree atrioventricular (AV) block is present when some atrial impulses fail to be conducted to the ventricles. Second-degree AV block Mobitz type I is associated with progressive increase in PR interval before the blockade of the atrial impulse and, usually, the PR interval preceding the blocked P wave is the longest and the one after the blocked beat is the shortest 1.
Frequently, this type of block is seen as a transitory change in the presence of an inferior wall myocardial infarction or drug intoxication, especially digitalis, β -blockers, and, occasionally, calcium channel blockers. This type of block can also be observed in normal individuals with increased vagal tonus. Although second-degree AV block Mobitz type I could evolve to complete AV block, this is rare, except in the presence of an acute inferior wall myocardial infarction. However, even when this occurs, the AV block is usually well tolerated because the escape pacemaker takes over with the frequency determined by the proximal Hiss bundle, providing a stable rhythm 2.
A male patient, 34 years old, a prison inmate, was transferred to the hospital due to syncope and diaphoresis after the administration of two injections of benzathine penicillin at the presidium hospital where he was hospitalized to treat tuberculosis.
The patient had had other injections of benzathine penicillin in other occasions without complications. He was being treated for tuberculosis for four months with rifampin and isoniazid. He denied atopy as a child. He was a drug user, but stated that had not used drugs for the past year, the period he had been imprisoned.
On physical exam, his appearance was regular, he was diaphoretic, mucous membranes were pink, hydrated, with an irregular radial pulse at 40 bpm, and respiratory rate of 20. Auscultation of the heart revealed decreased heart sounds, B1 and B2, irregular rhythm, without murmurs. The remaining of the physical exam showed no abnormalities.
Intravenous atropine, 0.5 mg, was administered.
After one hour, the patient was asymptomatic and a new electrocardiogram was normal (Figure 3).
After a six-hour observation period during which the patient remained asymptomatic, he was discharged from the hospital.
Second degree AV block Mobitz type I can be seen by digitalis intoxication, acute infection (rheumatic fever), electrolyte imbalance, acute phase of an inferior wall myocardial infarction (usually transitory), after cardiac surgery in normal hearts (manipulation of normal hearts, substitution of calcified aortic valves), and during sleep (especially in the elderly and athletes) 3,4.
A review of the literature did not show any reports of second-degree AV block Mobitz type I after the administration of benzathine penicillin.
Progression to complete AV block is rare, and a stable escape rhythm can be expected. Therefore, treatment is usually conservative and guided by the ventricular response. However, patients with heart disease have a less favorable evolution, although this most likely reflects the extension and severity of the baseline disease and not the AV block itself 5.
When the patient is asymptomatic, treatment is expectant. In the acute phase of an inferior wall myocardial infarction, intravenous atropine (0.5 to 1 mg) can be used if necessary (bradycardia with hypotension and deterioration of the hemodynamic parameters) to reestablish the AV conduction. Rarely, patients with second-degree AV block Mobitz type I need permanent pacemaker 6.
In the present case, the symptomatic second-degree AV block Mobitz type I seemed to be caused by the administration of benzathine penicillin.
The patient was diagnosed with second-degree AV block Mobitz type I after the administration of benzathine penicillin and treated accordingly. After remaining asymptomatic for six hours, the patient was discharged.
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Correspondence to: Submitted em 26
de julho de 2008 *
Received from do Hospital de Messejana Dr. Carlos Alberto Studart Gomes,
Dra. Lúcia de Sousa Belém
Tr José Onofre, 23 - Pq Santo Antônio
60763-790 Fortaleza, CE
Accepted para publicação em 19 de dezembro de 2008
Submitted em 26
de julho de 2008
* Received from do Hospital de Messejana Dr. Carlos Alberto Studart Gomes, Fortaleza, CE