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Cardiac dysrhythmia in total thoracic oesophagectomy. A prospective study.
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PMID:  8398189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A prospective controlled randomized clinical study of 50 patients undergoing total thoracic oesophagectomy by one surgical team is described, in which one group of patients was given prophylactic digoxin and the other was not. The incidence of cardiac dysrhythmia in each group was compared. Fourteen (56%) of 25 patients digitalized, compared to 16 (64%) of 25 patients not digitalized, suffered cardiac dysrhythmia, with a total incidence of 30 patients (60%). The first onset of dysrhythmia occurred within 48 h in 89% of the patients who suffered this complication. These results indicate a high incidence of cardiac dysrhythmia in patients undergoing this operative procedure, which is not significantly reduced by prophylactic digitalization and which is likely to occur within 2 days of surgery.
A J Ritchie; M Whiteside; M Tolan; J A McGuigan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1010-7940     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cardiothorac Surg     Publication Date:  1993  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-16     Completed Date:  1993-11-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804069     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiothorac Surg     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  420-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Northern Ireland Regional Thoracic Surgical Department, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / etiology*,  prevention & control
Digoxin / therapeutic use*
Esophagectomy / adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
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