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Psychotic symptoms and confusion associated with intravenous ganciclovir in a heart transplant recipient.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Pharmacotherapy
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
4
Pages
479–483
Identifiers
PMID: 10772379
Source
Medline

Abstract

A 65-year-old man underwent orthotopic cardiac transplantation and was prophylactically treated for cytomegalovirus infection with intravenous ganciclovir. He received standard dosages and had normal renal function. After 6 days of therapy he experienced psychotic symptoms with hallucinations, confusion, and disorientation. His altered mental status resolved after the drug had been discontinued for 5 days. Ganciclovir was suspected as a cause of the symptoms. Alternative etiologies of were explored and excluded.

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