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Ege Journal of Medicine
2017, Cilt 56, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 145-147
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Atrial flutter in an adolescent glue sniffer
Sibel Bozabalı, Zülal Ülger, Ertürk Levent, Arif Ruhi Özyürek
Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, İzmir, Turkey
Keywords: Glue sniffing, arrhythmia, atrial flutter, adolescent

Inhalant abuse is a global social problem which especially affects the younger generation. Glue sniffing is a very common form of inhalant abuse because it is so cheap and readily available. A previously healthy 16-year-old boy was referred to the hospital with abdominal and chest pain. During observation, symptomatic atrial flutter was observed which needed intensive care management. It was learned that the patient was a heavy glue sniffer. The most serious consequence of glue sniffing is sudden death, and cardiac arrhythmias, especially ventricular ones, are the most common causes of death. This is the first documented case report of atrial flutter due to glue sniffing. Adolescents with arrhythmias and myocardial damage should be questioned specifically about inhalant abuse.

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