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VOLUME 16 , ISSUE 1 ( January, 2012 ) > List of Articles


Asystole during pulmonary artery catheter insertion under general anesthesia

Swapna Chaudhuri, Deborah Ortega, Kallol Chaudhuri

Keywords : Arrhythmic complications, asystole, cardiac arrest, general anesthesia, pulmonary artery catheter

Citation Information : Chaudhuri S, Ortega D, Chaudhuri K. Asystole during pulmonary artery catheter insertion under general anesthesia. Indian J Crit Care Med 2012; 16 (1):41-43.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.94434

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


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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