Volume 2016, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1999-7086
  • EISSN: 1999-7094


A seven-day-old male neonate presented with symptomatic hypocalcemia in the form of generalized seizure activity for three minutes. He arrived at the pediatric emergency department in a postictal state. His clinical examination was unremarkable, but his initial laboratory evaluation revealed marked hypocalcemia and hypomagnesemia. The patient received intravenous boluses of calcium gluconate for correction. The patient had bradycardia during the first calcium gluconate infusion, and on the second infusion, he developed frequent premature ventricular contractions, which progressed into polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. Arrhythmia reverted to sinus rhythm after discontinuation of the calcium gluconate infusion without the need for chemical/electrical cardioversion. Subsequently, two extra doses of intravenous calcium gluconate for persistent hypocalcemia were administered safely. The patient was discharged home successfully in a good general condition after stabilization. The emergence of bradycardia during calcium gluconate infusion should be considered a red flag since it can trigger serious cardiac arrhythmia, especially in the presence of electrolyte abnormalities such as hypocalcemia and hypomagnesemia. We report this case to stress the need for continuous cardiac monitoring of children on calcium gluconate infusion even if proper dose, dilution, and rate of infusion are used, as serious cardiac arrhythmia can be unpredictable and may develop at any time.


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  • Article Type: Case Report
Keyword(s): hypocalcemiaIntravenous calciumneonate and ventricular tachycardia
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