Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 121-123

Sudden onset of atrial fibrillation during neck dissection: Vagal atrial fibrillation

Department of Anaesthesiology, TNMC and BYL Nair Ch. Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Anjana Sahu
No. 69, C-Block, Jagjivanram Hospital Campus, Maratha Mandir Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-2870.167985

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Intraoperative vagal stimulation can lead to onset of atrial fibrillation (AF). The role of vagus mediated AF is not very much acknowledged. We report a case of AF during handling of great vessels in the neck region. After ruling out other causes of AF, we concluded that this sudden occurrence of AF could be a case of vagus nerve stimulation. In our case report, we also discuss the role of cholinergic activity in the development of AF and its treatment.

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