Upper airway compromise in acute chlorpromazine ingestion

Sue A. Russell, Halim M. Hennes, Kathleen J. Herson, Ernest S. Stremski

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A 16-year-old boy developed symptoms of acute upper airway compromise after chlorpromazine ingestion. The patient took six 100-mg Thorazine tablets 'to help him sleep.' Laryngeal-pharyngeal dystonia is a life-threatening form of dystonic reaction that is dose-dependent. In children, acute upper airway compromise should raise the suspicion of exposure to phenothiazines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-468
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996


  • Airway compromise
  • chlorpromazine ingestion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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