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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-40

Right hemicolectomy in a patient with severe pulmonary hypertension anesthesia approach

King Fahad Medical City, PO Box 59046, Riyadh 11525, Saudi Arabia

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M S Mohamed Nawaaz
Consultant Anesthesiologist, King Fahad Medical City, PO Box 59046, Riyadh 11525
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/0259-1162.69309

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A 59-year-old obese female patient was diagnosed to be having severe pulmonary hypertension secondary to mixed connective tissue disease and pulmonary fibrosis. She presented for right hemi-colectomy for a large right-sided colonic polypoid mass and multiple polyps diagnosed by colonoscopy. Her surgery was postponed by 2 months by the anesthesiologist due to dyspnea at rest and high pulmonary artery pressure (70-80 mmHg) for further optimization of medical treatment. After 2 months, she was adequately fit enough to undergo surgery. High lumbar epidural anesthesia was adopted and weaned off. She was discharged after 5 days of surgery from the hospital without any sequel. This report presents the merits and recommendations for such patients.

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