PMID: 7938837Aug 1, 1994Paper

The clinical usefulness and efficacy of adenosine triphosphate in an emergency service

Revista clínica española
J J Roig GarcíaF J Montero Pérez


We studied 89 patients diagnosed in our emergency department of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, to describe the efficacy and safety of intravenous adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in their treatment. All received a first bolus of 10 mg of ATP and if no electrical response was observed, a second dose of 20 mg. This treatment was successful in 91% of the patients, lasting of 26.9 seconds to resolve the episode, and in the 53% of the patients with the first dose. In 9% of the patients ATP did not resolve the episode but allowed to diagnose it, which in five patients was atrial flutter, in 2 Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and in one atrial fibrillation. Adverse effects appeared in 25.6% of the cases, being in all transitory and banal. ATP is a very effective and safe drug for the treatment of patients with PSVT.

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