Fatal theophylline poisoning with rhabdomyolysis

a potential role for dantrolene treatment

M. J. A. Parr*, S. M. Willatts

*Corresponding author for this work

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A fatal case of theophylline poisoning is described. The patient developed rhabdomyolysis, renal failure and compartment syndrome, as well as the more usual features of severe theophylline poisoning. Dantrolene appeared to be useful in controlling the hypermetabolic state associated with the overdose and may have a role in future treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-559
Number of pages3
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • dantrolene
  • Neuromuscular relaxants
  • Poisoning
  • theophylline

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