2006, Number 3
Rev Mex Anest 2006; 29 (3)
Sandoval-Cuéllar A, Hernández-Rasgado J, López-Herrera GV
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ABSTRACTPacemaker dysfunction may be caused by external factors, such as electromagnetic interference. It has been associated to electrocautery use, particularly the monopolar type. From 1984 to 1997, the FDA reported 456 adverse events related to cardiac pacemakers; 255 of these were associated to the use of electrocautery. The paper presents the case of a female patient with a permanent pacemaker undergoing vagotomy and gastrojejunoanastomosis, who suffered a pacemaker dysfunction during emergence from anesthesia.