Chloral hydrate - Is it safe?

Gideon Paret*, R. Kassem, A. Vardi, B. Ben Zeev, Z. Barzilay

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Chloral hydrate is widely used as a sedative or hypnotic, especially in geriatric and pediatric patients. In therapeutic doses blood pressure and respiration are only minimally affected. We describe a 9-year-old boy in whom a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia dominated the clinical presentation of chloral hydrate intoxication. In spite of its widespread use, the dangers of chloral hydrate overdosage, especially cardiac arrhythmias, are not sufficiently appreciated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-15
Number of pages2
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996


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