Intraabdominal paddle placement for internal defibrillation during cardiac reoperation

Ann Thorac Surg. 1992 May;53(5):914-5. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(92)91473-m.


Ventricular fibrillation during sternal reentry can be a fatal complication that is vexing to manage when it occurs before complete exposure of the heart. A technique of intraabdominal paddle placement for internal countershock has been used to successfully manage this complication.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electric Countershock / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications / prevention & control*
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency / surgery*
  • Reoperation
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / prevention & control*