Cannabinoid-Induced Brugada Syndrome: A Case Report

Cureus. 2020 Jun 14;12(6):e8615. doi: 10.7759/cureus.8615.


Brugada syndrome, also called Pokkuri Death Syndrome, is an autosomal dominant electrophysiological phenomenon that increases the risk of spontaneous ventricular tachyarrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. Due to sodium channel mutations in the cardiac membrane, most commonly SCN5A and SCN10A, the heart can be triggered into a fatal arrhythmia. Brugada syndrome can be triggered by fever, and medications including antiarrhythmics, psychotropics, and recreational drugs like cocaine and marijuana. We report a case that demonstrates the diagnosis of Brugada syndrome in an otherwise very healthy 22-year-old African-American male. He presented after a syncopal event and developed spontaneous ventricular tachycardia and torsades de pointes. Electrocardiogram (EKG) findings documented a type I Brugada pattern and, once stabilized, the patient underwent an internal cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) placement.

Keywords: autosomal dominant; brugada; cardiac death; electrocardiogram (ecg/ekg); marijuana; pacemaker; substance abuse; torsade de pointes; ventricular fibrillation; young adult male.

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