Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 453–455 | Cite as

Hyperthermia complicating tricyclic antidepressant overdose

  • P. Hantson
  • M. Benaissa
  • J. L. Clemessy
  • F. J. Baud
Brief Report


We observed a 51-yearold woman who was admitted for severe amitriptyline overdose. Besides major cardiovascular complications, the patient developed severe hyperpyrexia with a central body temperature of more than 43°C for 5 h. The patient died on day 3 from cardiocirculatory collapse and arrhythmias. Hyperthermia was unresponsive to cooling with ice water, gastric lavage, muscle relaxation, and dantrolene and bromocriptine administration. The possible mechanisms of refractory hyperthermia are discussed.

Key words

Tricyclic antidepressants Overdose Hyperthermia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Hantson
    • 1
  • M. Benaissa
    • 1
  • J. L. Clemessy
    • 1
  • F. J. Baud
    • 1
  1. 1.Reanimation ToxicologiqueHôpital Fernand WidalParisFrance

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