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Case Report Postoperative Unstable Angina Pectoris Occured in the Recovery Room: Case report
Myoung Oak Kim

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Department of Anesthesiology, Eulji General Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

The leading cause of death after anesthesia and operations is cardiac complications, defined as myocardial infarction, unstable angina, congestive heart failure. We experienced a case of transient chest pain mimicking to myocardial ischemia after total intravenous anesthesia using propofol. The patient was 56 year-old female who underwent metatarsal osteotomy and distal soft tissue procedure. There was no specific abnormality on preoperative laboratory tests. Anesthesia induction and intraoperative course were completely uneventful. Immediately after transfered to the recovery room, the patient revealed transient cyanosis and complained anterior chest pain with tightness after fully awakening. In the study of electrocardiogram, there were ST abnormality in II, III, AVF and then T inversion in II, III, AVL, AVF, V2-6 leads. In the simultaneous study of echocardiogram, there was hypokinetic wall movement in the distal septum area. After treatment of nitroglycerine, the pain was subsided and the patient was discharged without any sequelae.

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