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Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2016 Apr;44(3):237-9. doi: 10.5543/tkda.2015.74857.

Atrial fibrillation due to licorice root syrup.

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1
Department of Cardiology, Harran University Faculty of Medicine, Şanlıurfa, Turkey. taha14770@gmail.com.
2
Department of Cardiology, Harran University Faculty of Medicine, Şanlıurfa, Turkey.

Abstract

While it is known that consumption of licorice may lead to cardiac arrhythmias, there have been no reports of atrial fibrillation resulting from the consumption of licorice root syrup. A 57-year-old male with no prior history of cardiovascular disease was admitted to the emergency department with palpitation. His electrocardiogram showed atrial fibrillation with a moderate to rapid ventricular rate. In laboratory assessment, potassium was 2.0 mmol/L and plasma renin activity and aldosterone level were suppressed (<300 ng/L/hour, 42 ng/L respectively). Volumes of the heart chambers were within normal range and functions and structures of the heart valves were normal in echocardiographic assessment. The arrhythmia was resolved with propafenone infusion.

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