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A postoperative complication in a patient with a mitral commissurotomy


Congestive cardiac failure as a complication postoperatively is reviewed in a special instance. This patient had had a mitral commissurotomy five years before, and the present procedure was a partial salpingectomy. This patient developed cardiac failure due possibly to: (1) inefficient myocardium, (2) fluid overload, (3) lack of preoperative digitalization, (4) pneumonitis postoperatively.

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Garland, J.M.B. A postoperative complication in a patient with a mitral commissurotomy. Can. Anaes. Soc. J. 10, 168–170 (1963).

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  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Fluid Overload
  • Mitral Stenosis
  • Choline Chloride