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Case Report Atrial Fibrillation Developed after Induction of General Anesthesia in an Elderly Patient: A case report
Seok Ho Han, Jin Woo Choi

Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Catholic University, Seoul, Korea.
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It is known that the incidence of arrhythmia related to anesthesia and operation is significantly higher in thoracic surgery such as cardiac, lung operation than any other operation, and atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia among these arrhythmias. Besides operative sites, age and underlying cardiac problem such as hypertension, cardiomegaly can be important risk factors for intra, post-operative atrial fibrillation in non-thoracic surgery. Through many investigations, we can find that age is the most important because age related anatomical, physiological cardiac changes make elderly patients more susceptible to development of atrial fibrillation. In this case, we report atrial fibrillation that occurred after induction of general anesthesia in an elderly patient undergoing open reduction of upper arm fracture.

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