Death Following Accidental Lidocaine Overdose in a Child

Yona Amitai, Luke Whitesell, Frederick H. Lovejoy

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To the Editor: Lidocaine overdose may result in seizures, coma, and death.1 2 3 4 5 Most reports of death following lidocaine overdose are related to use of the drug by infiltration in various sites1,2 or intratracheal administration.1 There is only one report of death caused by oral lidocaine overdose in an adult.3 Lidocaine is extensively used as an oral preparation in children, and several episodes of poisoning with seizures, apnea, and acidosis have been described.4,5 Recently, a child died after an overdose of oral lidocaine. A 13-month-old boy in good health was admitted 45 minutes after a cardiorespiratory arrest at home and resuscitation…

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-183
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 16 Jan 1986
Externally publishedYes


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