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An unusual cause of polymorphic ventricular tachycardia: Acute cervical cord injury.
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  • Jogendra Singh,
  • Debasish das,
  • Debasis Acharya,
  • Ramachandra Barik,
  • Dibya Behera,
  • Dibya Mahanta
Jogendra Singh
All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Bhubaneswar
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Debasish das
All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Bhubaneswar
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Debasis Acharya
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhubaneswar
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Ramachandra Barik
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhubaneswar
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Dibya Behera
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhubaneswar
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Dibya Mahanta
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhubaneswar
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Abstract

Cardiovascular disturbances are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in patients of spinal cord particularly cervical cord injury accounting for approximately 30% of deaths. Most common cardiovascular dysfunctions are sinus bradycardia, hypotension, cardiac arrest, supraventricular tachycardia and all these occurs due to sympathetic withdrawal and unopposed vagal action. Here we are reporting a case of acute cervical cord injury with neurogenic shock in a 25 year young patient who developed polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, which degenerated to ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest. We described all possible mechanisms of development this arrythmia and its management.