Cardiac conduction disturbances and ventricular tachycardia after prolonged propofol infusion in an infant

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2008 Aug;31(8):1070-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2008.01138.x.


We report an infant who, after prolonged intravenous propofol infusion for treatment of status epilepticus, developed dramatic cardiac conduction disturbances and tachyarrhythmias in the setting of only mild metabolic acidosis and good ventricular function. Certain electrocardiographic findings were similar to those observed in the Brugada syndrome as well as in adult patients with propofol toxicity who suffered fatal ventricular arrhythmias. This case illustrates that serious arrhythmias can occur during prolonged high-dose propofol infusion in young patients, probably through a direct electrophysiologic membrane effect.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anesthetics, Intravenous / administration & dosage
  • Anesthetics, Intravenous / adverse effects
  • Brugada Syndrome / chemically induced*
  • Brugada Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infusions, Intravenous / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Propofol / administration & dosage*
  • Propofol / adverse effects*
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / chemically induced*
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / diagnosis*


  • Anesthetics, Intravenous
  • Propofol