Bradycardia and asystolic cardiac arrest during spinal anaesthesia: a report of five cases.

@article{Lvstad2000BradycardiaAA,
  title={Bradycardia and asystolic cardiac arrest during spinal anaesthesia: a report of five cases.},
  author={R Z L{\o}vstad and G Granhus and Sidsel Hetland},
  journal={Acta anaesthesiologica Scandinavica},
  year={2000},
  volume={44 1},
  pages={
          48-52
        }
}
Sudden, severe bradycardia/asystolic cardiac arrest are considered infrequent, but are certainly the most serious complications of spinal anaesthesia. We report four cases of primary asystole and one of severe bradycardia in young to middle-aged, healthy patients scheduled for minor surgery at the day surgery unit. Bradycardia/asystole were not related to respiratory depression or hypoxaemia/hypercarbia; they occurred at different time intervals after the onset of spinal anaesthesia (10-70 min… CONTINUE READING
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