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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41--43

Asystole during pulmonary artery catheter insertion under general anesthesia


1 Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, USA
2 Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, USA

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Swapna Chaudhuri
Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas 79430
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.94434

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In spite of ongoing debate for the past 40 years, pulmonary artery catheters remain in use for invasive hemodynamic monitoring and management of critically ill patients. We describe a case of a sudden onset of asystolic cardiac arrest during the placement of a pulmonary artery catheter, while under general anesthesia. A brief review of the literature highlighting arrhythmic complications associated with pulmonary artery catheterization is also presented.






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