• J Clin Anesth · Aug 2011

    Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and general anesthesia: a series of 13 cases.

    • Jennifer A Rabbitts, Cornelius B Groenewald, Adam K Jacob, Phillip A Low, and Timothy B Curry.
    • Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. rabbitts@u.washington.edu
    • J Clin Anesth. 2011 Aug 1; 23 (5): 384392384-92.

    Study ObjectiveTo investigate whether patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) developed unexpected perioperative complications.DesignRetrospective case series.SettingAcademic medical center.MeasurementsThe records of 13 patients with POTS, who underwent surgical procedures during general anesthesia, were studied. Details of disease management, anesthetic induction, hemodynamic response to induction and intubation, intraoperative course, and immediate postoperative management were analyzed.Main ResultsThree patients developed prolonged intraoperative hypotension, which was not associated with induction of anesthesia. All 13 patients were successfully treated and they recovered without complications. There were no unplanned hospital or intensive care admissions.ConclusionsIntraoperative hypotension, but not tachycardia, was observed in three of 13 patients with POTS who received general anesthesia for a variety of surgical procedures using multiple medications and techniques.Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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