Adenosine use in pregnancy: lack of effect on fetal heart rate

Am J Emerg Med. 1992 Nov;10(6):548-9. doi: 10.1016/0735-6757(92)90181-v.


The treatment for supraventricular tachycardia in pregnancy is somewhat controversial. Although a variety of medications have been used to terminate this rhythm during pregnancy, all have actual or theoretical drawbacks. Adenosine is a relatively new medication with an extremely short half-life and is effective in the treatment of supraventricular tachycardia. We report a case in which this medication was used successfully during pregnancy. In addition, we found that adenosine had no effect on fetal heart rate in this case.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine / administration & dosage
  • Adenosine / therapeutic use*
  • Adult
  • Electrocardiography
  • Female
  • Heart Rate, Fetal / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Injections, Intravenous
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular / drug therapy*
  • Tachycardia, Supraventricular / drug therapy*


  • Adenosine