Delayed awakening due to lidocaine overdose.

An 86-year-old man receiving antiarrhythmic treatment with an intravenous (IV) lidocaine infusion experienced a prolonged emergence from general anesthesia. A venous blood sample was sent for determination of the lidocaine concentration, the infusion was stopped, and the patient awakened 15 minutes later. The circulating lidocaine concentration was 15.6… CONTINUE READING