Acute myocardial ischemia caused by mediastinal chest tube suction

J. W. Chapin, J. Kahre, M. Newland

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Acute myocardial ischemia following successful weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass occurred in two patients who underwent correction of atrial septal defects. In both cases the ischemia episode was defected by ECG changes. The most likely cause in both was suction applied to mediastinal chest tubes interfering with myocardial perfusion. This complication of chest tubes has not been previously reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-387
Number of pages2
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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