Azithromycin-induced torsade de pointes

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2007 Dec;30(12):1579-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2007.00912.x.


Although erythromycin frequently induces long QT interval and torsade de pointes, the newer drug, azithromycin, has rarely been reported to be associated with torsade de pointes. We report here the occurrence of a significant typical QT prolongation within a few hours after taking azithromycin which lead to torsade de pointes.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects*
  • Azithromycin / adverse effects*
  • Electrocardiography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Torsades de Pointes / chemically induced*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Azithromycin