Brugada Phenocopy Induced by Recreational Drug Use
Recreational drugs are commonly abused in all age groups. Intoxication with these substances can induce silent but significant electrocardiographic signs which may lead to sudden death. In this case study, we present a 49-year-old male with no medical comorbidities who came to the emergency department requesting opioid detoxification. Toxicology screen was positive for cocaine, heroin, and cannabis. Initial electrocardiogram (EKG) showed features of a Brugada pattern in the right precordial leads, which resolved within one day into admission. This presentation is consistent with the recently recognized clinical entity known as Brugada phenocopy.
Akinlonu, A., Suri, R., Yerragorla, P., Lopez, P., Mene-Afejuku, T., Ola, O., Dumancas, C., Chalabi, J., Pekler, G., Visco, F., & Mushiyev, S. (2018). Brugada Phenocopy Induced by Recreational Drug Use. Case Reports in Cardiology, 2018, Art. ID.: 6789253-4 pages. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/6789253