Korean J Anesthesiol.  2005 Nov;49(5):684-689. 10.4097/kjae.2005.49.5.684.

Newly Developed Persistent Atrial Fibrillation during Central Venous Catheterization Treated with Electric Cardioversion: A case report

  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Bucheon, Korea. aurellius@naver.com


During central venous catheterization, a guidewire may cause various complications ranging from temporary arrhythmia to a pericardial tamponade. The arrhythmia occurring during the insertion of a guidewire is not uncommon and requires almost no therapy. However, persistent atrial fibrillation during and after central venous catheterization is a rare complication. We report a case of persistent atrial fibrillation that occurred during the insertion of a guidewire and was, treated with electric cardioversion.


atrial fibrillation; central venous catheterization; electric cardioversion

MeSH Terms

Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Atrial Fibrillation*
Cardiac Tamponade
Catheterization, Central Venous*
Central Venous Catheters*
Electric Countershock*
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