A 7-year-old girl presented six hours after ingestion of a yellow oleander seed (Thevetia peruviana) with severe emesis, change in colour vision and complete heart block. Initial treatment with phenytoin and isoprenalin infusion led to intermittent supraventricular and ventricular tachycardia. The patient was then treated with two intravenous doses of 190 mg of digoxin-specific Fab antibody fragments (Digibind®). Subsequently the patient's rhythm reverted to sinus rhythm and the symptoms resolved within 2 hours. Conclusion: administration of digoxin-specific Fab antibody fragments in an otherwise healthy child after oleander intoxication is safe and without adverse reactions.
- Cardiac glycosides
- Digoxin-specific Fab antibody fragments