Sher-Lu Pai

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Acute aortic occlusion by massive thoracoabdominal thrombi has been reported as a serious complication in patients undergoing major vascular or cardiac surgical procedures. However, this complication occurs rarely after ambulatory procedures. In this case report, we describe a patient who experienced paraplegia after an elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy(More)
Intracardiac thrombosis (ICT) during orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is an uncommon event. However, it is a devastating complication with high mortality when it occurs. This study aimed to identify possible predisposing factors for ICT during OLT. We retrospectively identified the cases of all patients with ICT during OLT at our institution from 1998(More)
BACKGROUND When patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) miss their routine intermittent hemodialysis (IHD), electrolyte abnormalities and volume overload often occur. An institutional protocol to ensure that patients receiving IHD have elective surgeries scheduled within 24 hours after their dialysis may reduce procedural delays or cancellations caused(More)
The number of patients with end stage liver disease is growing worldwide. This is likely a result of advances in medical science that have allowed these patients to lead longer lives since the incidence of diseases such as alcoholic cirrhosis and viral hepatitis have remained stable or even decreased in recent years, at least in more developed nations. Many(More)
We describe the perioperative management of a patient requiring removal of a 56.7-kg ovarian cystadenoma, highlighting our techniques in managing the changes in the patient's respiratory, vascular, renal, and gastrointestinal systems due to the large mass. An appreciation of the unique physiologic and anatomical changes in patients with large abdominal(More)
INTRODUCTION Stroke is a devastating complication that is difficult to diagnose in the perioperative setting because of the effects of anesthetic and analgesic agents. Lingering anesthesia effects hinder clinicians in identifying stroke symptoms, frequently resulting in a delay in diagnosis and treatment and in unfavorable outcomes. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION(More)
Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) recipients have been reported to have decreased perioperative opioid and intraoperative inhalational anesthetic requirements when compared to patients without liver disease undergoing other types of major abdominal surgeries. The severity of the liver disease and the process of the transplantation itself may alter the(More)
INTRODUCTION Takotsubo syndrome (TTS), also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, has been described following a variety of surgeries and disease states. The relationship between intra-operative anesthesia management and the development of this syndrome has never been fully elucidated. OBJECTIVES The primary objective of this(More)
Historically, patients undergoing liver transplantation were left intubated and extubated in the intensive care unit (ICU) after a period of recovery. Proponents of this practice argued that these patients were critically ill and need time to be properly optimized from a physiological and pain standpoint prior to extubation. Recently, there has been a(More)