Perioperative atrial fibrillation and epidural anesthesia: Case report and review of the literature

William Kirke Rogers, Kristopher M. Schroeder

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Abstract

A case of new-onset atrial fibrillation subsequent to activation of neuraxial anesthesia is presented. The development of atrial fibrillation was temporally related to placement and dosing of an epidural catheter, and may have been triggered by a vagal response to dosing of the anesthetic or the resulting treatment with fluid and an adrenergic agent. The literature on the acute preoperative management of atrial fibrillation and the implications of atrial fibrillation for the patient undergoing regional anesthesia are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-333
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter placement
  • Epidural
  • Neuraxial anesthesia

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