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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 256465, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/256465
Case Report

General Anaesthesia and Emergency Surgery in Heart Transplant Recipient

1Department of General Surgery, The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Essex CM20 1QX, UK
2Anesthetic Department, The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Essex CM20 1QX, UK

Received 6 October 2015; Accepted 12 November 2015

Academic Editor: Christoph Schmitz

Copyright © 2015 Farshid Ejtehadi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The number of patients who undergo heart transplant is increasing. Due to surgical emergencies, many of those may require general anesthesia in hospitals where subspecialized anesthetists may not be available. We present a case of a male patient who had heart transplant and required general anesthesia for emergency appendicectomy. Physiology of the heart after transplant, preoperative considerations, and postoperative monitoring has been discussed in our report.