Document Type

Article

Department

Anaesthesia

Abstract

Perioperative anaesthetic management of patients with pulmonary hypertensive crisis is complex and challenging because of limited window period and treatment options. This case report describes the successful management of a patient with severe valvular heart disease superimposed by severe pulmonary hypertension, who developed pulmonary hypertensive crisis soon after induction of general anaesthesia for cardiac surgery. Pulmonary hypertensive crisis is not a usual phenomenon in these patients, but if it occurs it can be fatal. Anticipatory care of the patient to prevent crisis is the mainstay of treatment, otherwise it adds additional morbidity to such patients. Fortunately our patient survived the crisis without causing any additional morbidity during his hospital stay.

Publication

Journal of Pakistan Medical Association

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