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Dmitri Bezinover, Shigekazu Sugino, Yuka Imamura-Kawasawa, Matthew S Bell, Zakiyah Kadry, Piotr K Janicki
We describe a case of fulminant intraoperative thrombosis during deceased donor liver transplantation. Despite significant medical bleeding, the patient suddenly developed diffuse thrombosis in all chambers of the heart and pulmonary vasculature resulting in intraoperative death. The patient's postmortem genetic analysis demonstrated a deleterious missense mutation in a coagulation pathway gene, SERPINC1, which codes for antithrombin III. The level of antithrombin III was not available to directly prove the causality of thrombosis, but our findings suggest that this mutation, in combination with antifibrinolytic administration in a hypercoagulable cirrhotic patient, might have contributed to the development of this catastrophic thrombotic event...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Keiko Imai, Taku Doi, Kenji Kayashima
We experienced difficulty inserting cuffed inner diameter (ID) 4.5- and 5.0-mm endotracheal tubes (ETTs) in a 5-year-old boy. Postoperative ultrasound investigations showed that the internal transverse width of the cricoid cartilage was 8.0 mm. The maximum outer diameter (OD) of the deflated cuff portion of the cuffed ID 4.5- and 5.0-mm ETTs was 8.5 and 9.6 mm, respectively. The OD of an uncuffed ID 5.5-mm ETT was 7.6 mm; this tube passed the cricoid cartilage. Hence, the transverse width of the cricoid cartilage and ETT diameter including cuff folds should be considered when selecting cuffed ETTs...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Hiroshi Yonekura, Norie Murayama, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Kazuya Sobue
This case report describes a 71-year-old woman who experienced unusual delayed emergence from propofol, which lasted for 3 hours and resulted in admission to the intensive care unit. Because genetic variations of propofol-metabolizing enzymes are proposed to be causal factors, we explored genetic polymorphisms of cytochrome P450 2B6 (CYP2B6) and uridine 5'-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A9 (UGT1A9). Suggested high-risk factors (advanced age, CYP2B6 516 G/T, and UGT1A9 I399 C/C) were observed in this case of delayed propofol metabolism...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Nikhil Kumar, Christopher A Troianos, Joshua S Baisden
In this report, we present the case of a patient with biventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy, Ebstein anomaly, and a left atrial mass who required emergent placement of a left ventricular assist device. The noncompaction cardiomyopathy complicated the left ventricular assist device implantation procedure because the thickened, trabeculated myocardium made it difficult to place the inflow cannula. We discuss our perioperative management strategy, in which transesophageal echocardiography was used, to help the surgical team identify the proper cannula placement and provide a bridge to transplantation...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Jenny Feldman Eskildsen, Brian D Thorp, Hemanth A Baboolal
Management of anesthesia for a child with an upper airway foreign body is fraught with particular challenges. We present the case of a 3-year-old girl who presented to the emergency department with a 12-cm sewing needle protruding from her mouth and unknown vascular involvement. We were faced with establishing a secure airway despite exclusion of mask ventilation or use of a laryngeal mask airway. Moreover, peripheral intravenous access was lost before adequate sedation. Ultimately, we were able to safely induce anesthesia and achieve endotracheal intubation...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Harvey J Woehlck, Brent T Boettcher, Kathryn K Lauer, David C Cronin, Johnny C Hong, Michael A Zimmerman, Joohyun Kim, Motaz Selim
Systemic vasoplegia is common in patients undergoing liver transplantation. In this report, we present a case in which treatment with conventional vasopressors caused peripheral arterial spasm, rendering arterial blood pressure monitoring impossible. Administration of methylene blue resolved the vasospasm; however, concern for toxic dose requirements limited its use. Hydroxocobalamin administration resolved the vasospasm and increased blood pressure without the potential adverse effects seen with methylene blue...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Poovendran Saththasivam, Elizabeth Herrera, Gerald Lawrie, Odeaa Al Jabbari, Collin M Barker, Roy Sheinbaum
The MitraClip procedure is an emerging endovascular technique for treating mitral regurgitation and an attractive alternative for patients who are at high risk for open heart mitral valve repair or replacement. We present the case of a failed redo MitraClip procedure that led to acute right ventricular failure in a patient with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia and a preexisting secundum atrial septal defect. We highlight the sequelae of the failed redo MitraClip procedure and the anesthetic challenges associated with the emergent redo sternotomy and cardiopulmonary bypass procedure required to replace the mitral valve and repair the tricuspid valve and atrial septal defect...
September 23, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Stefan Hofer, Christoph Philipsenburg, Markus A Weigand, Thorsten Brenner
Dabigatran etexilate is a direct oral anticoagulant used for the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation. Idarucizumab is a recently approved specific antidote that reverses the effect of dabigatran within minutes. We report the case of an 82-year-old patient with traumatic retroperitoneal arterial bleeding under anticoagulation with dabigatran etexilate. By administration of idarucizumab, we successfully normalized coagulation and saved the patient from an operation. In the course of the disease, a slight reincrease in dabigatran etexilate plasma levels was observed 2 days after the reversal, which could lead to a new onset of bleeding...
September 23, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Alexandre Joosten, Amélie Delaporte, Maxime Cannesson, Joseph Rinehart, Jean Philippe Dewilde, Luc Van Obbergh, Luc Barvais
Automated delivery of anesthesia guided by processed electroencephalogram monitoring using a closed-loop system is no longer a novel concept. However, combining multiple independent physiologic closed-loop systems together has never been documented before. The purpose of this case report was to evaluate the feasibility of automated anesthesia and fluid management based on a combination of physiological variables (bispectral index, stroke volume, and stroke volume variations) using 2 independent closed-loop systems...
September 23, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Ian Yuan, Benjamin B Bruins, Eleanor P Kiell, Luv R Javia, Jorge A Galvez
Awake tracheostomy is indicated for acute upper airway obstruction, when other methods of securing the airway, such as intubation and cricothyrotomy, have failed or are inappropriate. This option is rarely considered in pediatrics because of the concerns of patient cooperation and safety and has not been described in the literature. We describe the anesthetic management of an awake tracheostomy performed on a 7-year-old girl, with a large supraglottic mass obstructing the laryngeal introitus.
September 23, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Anna Sidoti, Etrusca Brogi, Joshua Morse, Michele Collareta, Luigi Vetrugno, Francesco Giunta, Francesco Forfori
Direct hemoperfusion with polymyxin B (PMX-DHP) is an extracorporeal treatment to add to conventional therapy during unresponsive endotoxic septic shock. So far, only heparin has been used as an anticoagulant during polymyxin B therapy. We present a case report of a postsurgical septic patient treated with 2 cycles of PMX-DHP using citrate anticoagulation. Monitoring of serum calcium, postcartridge calcium, and acid-base balance was performed. The treatments were accomplished without complications. To our knowledge, this is the first published report on the use of citrate anticoagulation during PMX-DHP...
September 23, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Mark E Caridi-Scheible, James M Blum
We present a patient on venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for respiratory failure, secondary to complete airway obstruction from pulmonary hemorrhage after open pulmonary embolectomy. Obstruction was refractory to conventional therapy, including mechanical debridement and saline lavage. By using perfluorodecalin, we were able to transiently clear the airways of thrombus and reopen distal airways and alveoli more completely than with conventional therapies. The use of perfluorodecalin (versus radiopaque perflubron) enabled us to visualize this reopening on chest X-ray...
September 20, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Matthew A Warner, Hugh M Smith, Martin D Zielinski
Invasive airway access by emergent cricothyrotomy remains an essential treatment modality in "can't intubate/can't ventilate" scenarios. Although numerous commercial devices are available, limited comparative data exist with regard to the ventilation and oxygenation parameters of these devices. We report a case of severely compromised respiratory function while using the Quicktrach II, a commercially available emergency cricothyrotomy device. Because of oxygenation and ventilatory insufficiency, our patient required emergent removal of the device and surgical tracheostomy to improve respiratory function...
September 7, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Arunangshu Chakraborty, Taniya Datta, Dayananda Lingegowda, Rakhi Khemka
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain can be difficult to diagnose and treat. We describe a patient with left jaw pain after right hemimandibulectomy. The patient was initially managed conservatively, which failed to reduce pain. He was then administered inferior alveolar nerve block and TMJ injection with steroid and local anesthetic. These injections provided temporary pain relief that lasted approximately 1 month and the pain recurred. Computed tomography scan showed lateral displacement of left mandibular condyle...
September 7, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Cornelis Johannes van Zwet, Andreas Rist, Achim Haeussler, Kirk Graves, Andreas Zollinger, Stephan Blumenthal
We describe the first case of a pregnant woman presenting with an acute inverted takotsubo-like cardiomyopathy caused by a postpartum diagnosed hemorrhagic pheochromocytoma, successfully treated with percutaneous venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (va-ECMO). During admission, an emergency cesarean delivery had to be performed. The fetus needed resuscitation for 5 minutes. The mother was successfully resuscitated and treated with percutaneous va-ECMO for 7 days. Despite advances in diagnostic techniques during the past decade, in many cases, pheochromocytoma in pregnancy is still missed...
September 7, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Adrienne Carr, Nelson Gonzalez, Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, Ramiro Arellano
A 64-year-old woman with a previous liver transplant developed graft failure with biliary complications including a bronchobiliary fistula, which did not respond to preoperative conservative therapy. Liver retransplantation provided definitive therapy for the liver failure and bronchobiliary fistula. We present anesthestic considerations for the intraoperative management of a liver retransplant with one-lung ventilation.
September 7, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Mark E Thompson
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September 7, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Gianluca Cappelleri, Pietro Molinari, Antonella Stanco
No major complications have been associated with the ultrasound-guided continuous adductor canal block (cACB). We present a case of iatrogenic pseudoaneurysm in a branch of the superficial femoral artery in a 44-year-old patient after a cACB for knee surgery. Both anesthesia and surgery were completed uneventfully. The postoperative day 3 examination showed a complete quadricep impairment and a large hematoma in a medial-anterior part of the thigh, and laboratory tests reported hemoglobin = 7.2 g dL. The computed tomography scan revealed the pseudoaneurysm (16 × 16 × 18 mm) that was successfully embolized after selective catheterization...
August 22, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Grace Ho, Russell C Clarke, Paul H M Sadleir, Peter R Platt
A 50-year-old man developed a severe anaphylactic reaction shortly after the administration of sugammadex at the end of an uneventful laparoscopic appendectomy. Subsequent skin testing was negative to all agents to which the patient was exposed including sugammadex. Because of the temporal relationship to the administration of sugammadex, further skin testing was performed with premixed sugammadex and rocuronium that produced a markedly positive response. This is the first case report of anergy to the individual components but sensitivity to the inclusion complex of rocuronium and sugammadex...
August 22, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Kazutomo Saito, Hiroaki Toyama, Yutaka Ejima, Masanori Yamauchi
In Eisenmenger syndrome (ES), positive pressure ventilation (PPV) during general anesthesia may lead to an increase in pulmonary vascular resistance and potentially to hypoxemia. In an attempt to predict the patient's hemodynamic response to intraoperative ventilation, we tested preoperatively the hemodynamic effects of noninvasive PPV with continuous positive pressure in a woman with ES scheduled for oophorectomy. The surgery was performed without complications, and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 8...
August 22, 2016: A & A Case Reports
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