Refractory Hypoxemia After Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication

Yogita Rochlani, Srikanth Vallurupalli, Abdul Hakeem, Sabha Bhatti

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Postoperative hypoxemia can result from a variety of causes. We describe a case of platypnea-orthodeoxia caused by shunting across a patent foramen ovale in a 72-year-old woman immediately after a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication procedure. This was diagnosed by echocardiography and treated successfully with percutaneous device closure. An intracardiac shunt should always be considered as a potential cause of refractory postoperative hypoxemia after procedures on the thorax and upper abdomen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395.e1-395.e3
JournalCanadian Journal of Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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