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Eur J Anaesthesiol. 1998 Mar;15(2):246-7.

Cardiac tamponade during laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Southern California, Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital, Los Angeles 90033, USA.


Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is becoming a popular technique in the surgical management of reflux disease. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery include shorter hospital stays, greater patient acceptance and decreased overall morbidity. Laparoscopic surgery eliminates the necessity for an upper abdominal incision and the consequent post-operative impairment of pulmonary mechanics. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication has been associated with a low incidence of severe peri-operative complications although of a different nature to those following the open procedure. We are reporting a rare case of acute cardiovascular collapse secondary to cardiac tamponade during laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication.

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