Reproducible transient asystolic arrest during intramedullary reaming of the femoral canal: A case report.


Journal Article

The utilization of intramedullary devices in the surgical fixation of hip fractures is increasing. Although intramedullary devices offer many advantages in the treatment of these injuries, they are also associated with a unique set of potential complications, particularly during preparation of the femoral canal. Cardiac dysrhythmia resulting from reaming the femoral canal is rare and has not been previously described in detail in the literature. We present the case of a 69-year-old male with an infected right cephalomedullary femoral nail who underwent removal of hardware and experienced reproducible, transient asystolic cardiac arrest during reaming of the femoral canal and offer potential explanations for this event.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wooster, BM; Nickel, BT; Neumann, JA; Lindsay, DR; Wellman, SS

Published Date

  • August 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / Suppl 1

Start / End Page

  • S58 - S61

PubMed ID

  • 28878543

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28878543

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2213-3445

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0976-5662

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jcot.2017.07.010


  • eng