Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology & Reanimation
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Bowel Oedema Necessitating Urgent Abdominal Decompression Following Cardiopulmonary Bypass: An Exaggerated Presentation of a Recognised Complication

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Department of Anaesthesiology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India

Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2020; 48: 328-330
DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2020.89914
Read: 31 Downloads: 21 Published: 05 February 2020

Gastrointestinal complications after the termination of cardiopulmonary bypass are uncommon; however, they can lead to serious consequences. We encountered an unusual case of an 11-month-old infant who developed gross abdominal distention, leading to ventilatory and haemodynamic embarrassment following separation from the cardiopulmonary bypass. This presumably was a severe manifestation of the inflammatory response observed with extracorporeal circulation, which manifested as bowel oedema and was diagnosed using point-of-care ultrasound. As a rescue measure, urgent abdominal decompression was performed by cutting open the abdominal wall, which restored the ventilator and haemodynamic parameters to almost normal values.

Cite this article as: Haldar R, Dixit A. Bowel Oedema Necessitating Urgent Abdominal Decompression Following Cardiopulmonary Bypass: An Exaggerated Presentation of a Recognised Complication. Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2020; 48(4): 328-30.

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