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Korean J Anesthesiol. 1978 Jun;11(2):181-190. Korean. Case Report.
Kim SI , Cho KH .
Department of Anesthesiology, Paik Foundation Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

It is a well known fact that cardiac arrest can occur during general or regional anesthesia. When cardiac arrest occurs, immediate measures to resuscitate and diagnose, whether for ventricular fibrilIation or cardiac standstill, should be taken to save the patients life and to prevent permanent damage to the central nervous system. The authors had experienced of a cirdiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation during local infiltration anesthesia with xylocaine and epinephrine for tonsillectomy. As soon as the diagnosis of ventricular fibrillation was made by EKG, while the oxygenation and closed cardiac massage were performed, the external D.C. defibrillation was carried out and drug therapy was given. The cardiac rhythm, was ventricular tachyeardia at first, then sinus rhythm was restored after the defibrillation. The patient recovered completely without any complications and was discharged from the hospital two days later.

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