Cinchonism is an adverse reaction to the antiprotozoal drug quinine, manifested by headaches, auditory and visual deficits, as well as tinnitus. The diagnosis is made by confirming recent use of this agent during patient history. Treatment depends on the severity of symptoms and may necessitate hemodialysis in severe cases.
Various side-effects of quinine use exist, but cinchonism includes nausea, vomiting and tinnitus as constitutive features . Flushing, marked visual and auditory abnormalities, as well as abdominal pain and hypersensitivity reactions (ranging from urticaria to bronchospasm and anaphylactic shock) may be encountered .
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Cinchonism, or quinine toxicity, includes nausea, vomiting, and tinnitus. Many other side effects have been reported in the literature. A case report demonstrating the side effects of quinine is presented. [jhu.pure.elsevier.com]
[…] cinchonism [ sin ko-nizm ] toxicity due to overdosage of cinchona alkaloids; symptoms are tinnitus and slight deafness, photophobia and other visual disturbances, mental dullness, depression, confusion, headache, and nausea. [medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com]
Various side-effects of quinine use exist, but cinchonism includes nausea, vomiting and tinnitus as constitutive features. [symptoma.com]
They also experienced the classic symptoms of cinchonism, including nausea, vomiting, and tinnitus. Prolongation of the Q-T interval developed in both patients. Serum quinine levels of 5.3 mg/L and 13 mg/L were measured. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
[…] skin, ringing of the ears (tinnitus), blurred vision, impaired hearing, confusion, reversible high-frequency hearing loss, headache, abdominal pain, rashes, drug-induced lichenoid reaction (lichenoid photosensitivity), vertigo, dizziness, dysphoria, nausea [en.wikipedia.org]
Visual disturbances may include blurred vision, distorted color perception, photophobia, diplopia and night blindness. Other effects include cutaneous flushing, pruritis, rashes, fever, dyspnea. [cdc.gov]
Blurred vision, diplopia, and photophobia may be part of the dose-related cinchonism syndrome. [drugs.com]
Cinchonism is characterized by hearing loss, headache, tinnitus, and signs of cerebral congestion. See also quinine. [medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com]
Cinchonism is an adverse reaction to the antiprotozoal drug quinine, manifested by headaches, auditory and visual deficits, as well as tinnitus. The diagnosis is made by confirming recent use of this agent during patient history. [symptoma.com]
[…] cinchonism * * * cin·cho·nism 'siŋ-kə-.niz-əm, 'sin-chə- n a disorder due to excessive or prolonged use of cinchona or its alkaloids and marked by temporary deafness, ringing in the ears, headache, dizziness, and rash * * * n. poisoning caused by an overdose [medicine.academic.ru]
Pathol. poisoning by any of the cinchona alkaloids, characterized by headache, deafness, and ringing in the ears. [1855 60; CINCHON(A) ISM] * * * … Universalium cinchonism — Poisoning by cinchona, quinine, or quinidine; characterized by tinnitus, headache [translate.academic.ru]
Treatment of cinchonism is mainly in the form of dose reduction or cessation of quinine use, but patients in whom other manifestations of quinine toxicity (for ex. severe central nervous system and renal impairment) can be severe or even life-threatening , hemodialysis may be option, with a goal of prompt removing of the drug from circulation .
Depending on the dose ingested and severity of symptoms, the prognosis may range from self-limiting complaints to life-threatening organ failure . For this reason, a prompt diagnosis is vital to ensure a quick recovery and to prevent further complications.
The exact mechanism of action of quinine is yet to be determined and which mechanisms lead to the development of cinchonism remains unknown .
Proper patient monitoring and dose tapering can significantly reduce the risk of cinchonism .
Cinchonism is a clinical syndrome associated with ingestion of quinine, an antiprotozoal drug that exerts various effects in the body . Quinine is derived from the bark of the cinchona tree that grows in the Andes, South America and its synthetic production started during the 20th century to combat malarial disease . Although the mechanism of action of quinine still remains incompletely understood, analgesic, antipyretic and antiinflammatory properties have been described . This drug (and its stereoisomer quinidine) is very efficient against Plasmodium vivax and ovale species, but not Plasmodium falciparum and it is one of the main drugs against babesiosis . Unfortunately, various side-effects have been observed at regular dosages, one of them being cinchonism, which is characterized by tinnitus, headaches, both auditory and visual deficits and anaphylactic shock in rare cases . The diagnosis is relatively easy to make, whereas treatment may include discontinuation of the drug, dose tapering or hemodialysis . To reduce the risk of cinchonism, quinine should be avoided in patients suffering from cardiac (most importantly long QT syndrome) or renal disease, myasthenia gravis, optic neuritis or glucose-6-phosphate deficiency (G6PD)  , as a more severe reaction to the drug is observed under such circumstances.
Cinchonism is a medical term that is used to describe the appearance of specific symptoms as a result of quinine toxicity. Quinine is a drug derived from the bark of the cinchona tree that grows in the Andes in South America (hence the term cinchonism) and it is primarily used as an antiparasitic agent in treatment of malaria and babesiosis. Its exact mechanism of action remains unknown, but it can cause various adverse affects. Visual and auditory disturbances, tinnitus, headaches, nausea and vomiting are main features of cinchonism, whereas patients with a severe reaction to the drug can develop anaphylaxis (a profound, life-threatening allergic reaction to the drug). The diagnosis should be made as soon as the use of quinine is discovered during patient history taking and discontinuation of the drug (or dose reduction) is sufficient in the majority of cases. To reduce the risk of cinchonism, quinine should never be administered to patients suffering from renal disease, cardiac abnormalities such as long QT syndrome, myasthenia gravis, optic neuritis or glucose-6-phosphate deficiency (G6PD).
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