CASE REPORT
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-113

Ventricular tachycardia during microdebrider-assisted turbinectomy: An electrocardiographic artifact


Department of Anesthesia, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, King Fahad National Guard Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Khalid Sofi
Department of Anesthesia, MC 1311, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, King Fahad National Guard Hospital, PO Box 22490, Riyadh 11426
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.65124

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Interference of monitored electrocardiogram is common during different surgical procedures using electrical equipment. The electrical devices used induce artifacts in the electrocardiographic tracing, which may resemble serious arrhythmia. We describe a case of electrocardiographic artifact resembling ventricular tachycardia with the use of a Storz unidrive microdebrider during inferior turbinectomy under general anesthesia. This case report highlights the importance of knowledge of various equipment-related electrocardiographic artifacts in avoiding unnecessary and harmful therapeutic interventions.


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