Background and Objectives. Single ventricle is a complex congenital cardiopathy characterized by a unit ventricular chamber. Changes of the cardiovascular system in response to epidural anesthesia in these patients have yet to be clearly elucidated.
Methods. A 26-year-old man with single ventricle underwent an orchiopexy under lumbar epidural anesthesia with intravenous sedation.
Results. Orchiopexy was successfully performed and the patient was discharged from hospital 4 days later.
Conclusion. This case report emphasizes the issues of importance to anesthesiologists in regard to this cardiopathy and describes a successful technique of caring for a patient with a complex problem in an emergency situation.
- epidural anesthesia
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