Caffeine intoxication in a premature neonate

Ergenekon E. , Dalgic N., Aksoy E., Koc E., Atalay Y.

PAEDIATRIC ANAESTHESIA, vol.11, no.6, pp.737-739, 2001 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1046/j.1460-9592.2001.00753.x
  • Page Numbers: pp.737-739


Caffeine, which has a wide range between therapeutic and toxic levels, is a widely used medication for prevention and treatment of apnoea of prematurity. Despite its safety, caffeine overdose and intoxication has been previously reported in the literature. We present a 30-day-old 28-week preterm newborn who was exposed to 300 caffeine base by mouth accidentally. The patient exhibited agitations, irritability, tachycardia, tachypnoea, diuresis, electrolyte abnormalities, hyperglycaemia and metabolic acidosis, for which he received supportive treatment. No seizure activity was observed. The effects of intoxication lasted for 96 h and then completely resolved.