Psychotic symptoms and confusion associated with intravenous ganciclovir in a heart transplant recipient

Mary Ross Southworth, Stephanie H. Dunlap

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Abstract

A 65-year-old man underwent orthotopic cardiac transplantation and was prophylactically treated for cytomegalovirus infection with intravenous ganciclovir. He received standard dosages and had normal renal function. After 6 days of therapy he experienced psychotic symptoms with hallucinations, confusion, and disorientation. His altered mental status resolved after the drug had been discontinued for 5 days. Ganciclovir was suspected as a cause of the symptoms. Alternative etiologies of were explored and excluded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-483
Number of pages5
JournalPharmacotherapy
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Confusion
Ganciclovir
Hallucinations
Cytomegalovirus Infections
Heart Transplantation
Kidney
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Transplant Recipients
Therapeutics

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Psychotic symptoms and confusion associated with intravenous ganciclovir in a heart transplant recipient. / Southworth, Mary Ross; Dunlap, Stephanie H.

In: Pharmacotherapy, Vol. 20, No. 4, 01.01.2000, p. 479-483.

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