Transesophageal Cardioversion and Defibrillation

The induction of ventricular fibrillation by transesophageal pacing in subjects with atrial flutter and compromised left ventricular functioning.

Gallo G, Maggi A, Gei P. Divisione e Cattedra di Cardiologia Spedali Civili, Universita degli Studi di Brescia.G Ital Cardiol 1993 Mar;23(3):279-80. In patients with depressed left ventricular function, the normal precautions during transesophageal atrial pacing may not be sufficient to prevent life threatening arrhythmias. In this article two cases of ventricular fibrillation induced during this technique, aimed at treating atrial flutter, are described.

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