Cholinergic Syndrome


Serotonin Syndrome Anti-cholinergic Syndrome Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)
Temp, HR, BP, Tachypnea Temp, HR, BP, Tachypnea Temp, HR, BP, Tachypnea
Pupils: Dilated Pupils: Dilated Pupils: Normal
Skin: Diaphoretic Skin: flushed Skin: Diaphoretic
Mucous Membrane: Drooling/ Salivation Mucous Membrane: Dry Mucous Membrane: Drooling/ Salivation
Tone in extremities, w/ hyper-reflexia & clonus Normal muscle tone  reflexes "lead-pipe" rigidity & reflexes
Treatment Treatment Treatment
Emergency/Severe:
- Midazolam 1-5mg/hr IV infusion and Morphine sulfate 1-5mg/hr IV infusion

Moderate:
- Diazepam 5-10 mg po x1, may repeat in 30-60 min
OR
- Cyproheptadine 12 mg PO x1, may repeat x1.

PLUS
Chlorpromazine 12.5-50mg IV ove 30-60 min. May repeat 4-8 hr according to response.
PLUS/Minus
Muscle paralysis (if rhabdo present)
GI symptoms:
 - Zofran + Bismuth, +/- IV Fluids

Tachycardia:
 - Lorazepam

Bradycardia:
- Atropine 0.5 mg IM/IV

Seizure:
- Lorazepam




 
Acute:
- Stop anti-psychotic meds
- IV Fluids
- Hyperthermia: Physical measures. (Tylenol, IBU do not work)
- Dysphasia: NG Tube.

Pharmacologic Therapy:
- Lorazepam 1-4 mg PO/IV x1
- Dandroline:
 Load: 2.5mg/kg IV Bolus, repeat PRN.
 Maintenance: 0.25mg/kg/hr IV infusion x36 hr.

 

Diagnosis

  1. Signs
  2. PE
  3. Diagnostic testing

Pathophysiology

  1. Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase leads to incr acetylcholine
  2. Etiology

Treatment

  1. ABC's, IV, O2, monitor
  2. Antidotes
Pearls:
Benzodiazepines are the mainstay of therapy for anticholinergic poisoning


Cholinergic toxidrome:
SLUDGE

  • Salivation/Sweating
  • Lacrimation
  • Urination
  • Defecation
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Emesis
    +
  • "The Killer Bs":
  • Bradycardia
  • Bronchorrhea
  • Bronchospasm