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Open Vet J. 2021; 11(4): 662-666

Transient third-degree atrioventricular block during anaesthesia in a cat

Hiroshi Sunahara, Kenji Tani, Yuki Nemoto, Kazuhito Itamoto, Harumichi Itoh, Munekazu Nakaichi, Toshie Iseri, Hiro Horikirizono.

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Background: Third-degree atrioventricular block is usually permanent, with transient cases being rare. Cats with transient third-degree atrioventricular block. It had been not reported in detail.
Case Description: A 9.3-year-old, male shorthair cat was being evaluated for possible nervous disease resulting from otitis interna. Under propofol and isoflurane anaesthesia, this cat developed third-degree atrioventricular block. Isoproterenol was administered by continuous infusion to increase its heart rate. During recovery, heart rate returned to sinus bradycardia together with first-degree atrioventricular block without medical treatment. The cause of transient atrioventricular block was not observed at examination.
Conclusion: The case of this cat suggests that anaesthesia can result in transient third-degree atrioventricular block.

Key words: Transient Third-Degree Atrioventricular Block, Anaesthesia, Cat

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