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CASE REPORT
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58-59

Use of propofol as adjuvant therapy in refractory delirium tremens


1 Department of Pharmacology, Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda, India
2 Department of Medicine, Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda, India
4 Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajiv Mahajan
Department of Pharmacology, Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda - 151 109
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.77641

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Delirium tremens is recognized as a potentially fatal and debilitating complication of alcohol withdrawal. Use of sedatives, particularly benzodiazepines, is the cornerstone of therapy for delirium tremens. But sometimes, very heavy doses of benzodiazepines are required to control delirious symptoms. We are reporting one such case of delirium tremens, which required very heavy doses of benzodiazepines and was ultimately controlled by using infusion of propofol. Thus propofol should always be considered as an option to treat patients with resistant delirium tremens.


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