Holy fire in an HIV-positive man: a case of 21st-century ergotism

Fröhlich, Georg; Kaplan, Vladimir; Amann-Vesti, Beatrice
March 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/9/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 4, p378
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of a 29-year-old HIV-positive man with antiretroviral therapy that adversely reacted to an ergotamine tartrate medication. It notes that the patient experienced the rare condition of ergotism which was treated with vasodilators, anticoagulants, and nitroglycerin. It suggests that patients on antiretroviral therapy should be informed of the potential drug to drug interactions to avoid further complications.


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