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Refractory bradycardia and hypotension in patients with autonomic dysfunction treated with pseudoephedrine


We describe a man in his 40s with a history of chronic intranasal cocaine use and C5–C7 incomplete quadriplegia complicated by neurogenic orthostatic hypotension, admitted to the intensive care unit for worsening bradycardia and hypotension requiring initiation of dopamine and an increase of his home midodrine dose. The patient experienced refractory bradycardia and hypotension with weaning of dopamine, and therefore a recommendation was made to add pseudoephedrine to his current regimen. This case describes the addition of pseudoephedrine to facilitate weaning off intravenous vasopressors within 24 hours in a patient with refractory bradycardia and hypotension secondary to autonomic dysfunction.

  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Intensive care
  • Medical management
  • Spinal cord
  • Pharmacology and therapeutics

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