Anesth Pain Med.  2013 Jan;8(1):30-32.

The inverted left atrial appendage; the possibility of the interference with the bloodstream into the left ventricle during weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass: A case report

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea. apsj0718@naver.com
  • 2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

This report presents an experience of difficulties in weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) after the closure of atrial septal defect. Transesophageal echocardiogram following the first attempt of weaning the CPB revealed the inverted left atrial appendage protruding into the mitral valve. Only after the correction of the inverted left appendage, the CPB weaning was completed without any difficulties.

Keyword

Atrial appendage; Cardiopulmonary bypass; Transesophageal echocardiogram
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