Prolonged Arterial Hemodynamic Disturbances in the Lower Limbs After Oral Use of Ergotamine

Zicot, M.; Grandfils, F.; Honore, D.
June 1978
Angiology;Jun1978, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p495
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the chronic oral use of ergotamine, which occasionally causes a prolonged arterial vasospasm. Even in these chronic circumstances, it is generally admitted that the recovery is quick after withdrawal of the drug, but ischemic neuropathy may be the source of chronic troubles. A young married woman of 26, was admitted at the surgical ward on October 10, 1975 with an ischemic condition of the lower limbs. The symptoms had appeared 4 days earlier: first aching in the calves during walking, then numbness in the feet at rest. The troubles were rapidly becoming worse, and a permanent ischemic pain in the feet motivated her admission.


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