Absence of Cardiac Side Effects During Treatment of Schizophrenia With Risperidone in a Patient With Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

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Sir: Excessive prolongation of the QT interval can predispose to a peculiar ventricular arrhythmia called torsade de pointes, or sudden cardiac death. QT prolongation has been found to occur with some older conventional and newer atypical antipsychotics.1 Nevertheless, the recent literature suggests that atypical antipsychotics are not associated with torsade de pointes except in the case of a concomitant risk factor (e.g., polypharmacy, overdose, restraint, substance misuse, electrolyte imbalance).1,2

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2007;9(3):235 [letter]