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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: 01-06-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; The Author(s).


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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