Year : 2018  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 478-481

Cardiac arrest despite optimal preloading of patient using ultrasonography-guided inferior vena cava indices under subarachnoid neuraxial blockade: A report of two cases

1 Department of Neuroanaesthesia, Institute of Naval Medicine, INHS Asvini, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia, Institute of Naval Medicine, INHS Asvini, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Deepak Dwivedi
Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Institute of Naval Medicine, INHS Asvini, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400 005
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DOI: 10.4103/sja.SJA_751_17

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Spinal anesthesia (SA) is utilized as an effective means of anesthesia and has an impressive safety record but it is not devoid of complications, and sometimes, the complications are as fatal as cardiac arrest. Although many factors are involved in etiology of cardiac arrest under SA, the vagal responses to the decreased preload are the most common culprits. We report two cases of cardiac arrest under SA; which happened despite our patient being adequately preloaded utilizing the ultrasonography-guided targeted volume therapy. The patients were successfully resuscitated with no neurological deficit.

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