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Compression of undiagnosed aberrant right subclavian artery during transesophageal echocardiography probe insertion


1 Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, Delhi, India
2 Department of Pediatric Cardiac Sciences, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, Delhi, India

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Vishal Garg
Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, Delhi - 110 060
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9784.97980

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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 233-235

 

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Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has become an important monitoring tool for the anesthesiologist during repair of intracardiac defects. Although the incidence of reported complications associated with its use is low, one should be careful during the insertion and use of TEE probe, as it may result in potential devastating problems. We present a case of undiagnosed aberrant right subclavian artery (ARSA) that got compressed by the TEE probe during its insertion. It was noticed because of the presence of the right radial artery catheter, else it would have passed unnoticed.






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1 Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, Delhi, India
2 Department of Pediatric Cardiac Sciences, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Vishal Garg
Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, Delhi - 110 060
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-9784.97980

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Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has become an important monitoring tool for the anesthesiologist during repair of intracardiac defects. Although the incidence of reported complications associated with its use is low, one should be careful during the insertion and use of TEE probe, as it may result in potential devastating problems. We present a case of undiagnosed aberrant right subclavian artery (ARSA) that got compressed by the TEE probe during its insertion. It was noticed because of the presence of the right radial artery catheter, else it would have passed unnoticed.






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