Title

Intraoperative cardiac tamponade complicating esophagogastrectomy

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-1-1998

Journal

Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery

Volume

39

Issue

2

Keywords

Cardiac tamponade; Esophagogastrectomy, complications

Abstract

Background. Thoracoabdominal esophagogastrectomy is associated with a number of potential life threatening complications. Patients. We describe a patient with intraoperative hypotension in which a number of therapeutic maneuvers eventually led to the diagnosis of cardiac tamponade. Results. Once the diagnosis of tamponade was made, it was successfully treated by the release of intrapericardial blood. Conclusions. Although rare, tamponade should be considered as a cause of hemodynamic instability whenever intraoperative manipulation of the heart has occurred.

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